NCHS has received questions regarding where the new ICD-10 code for COVID-19 (U07.1) will fall in NCHS’ standard cause-of-death tabulation lists, especially the List of 113 Selected Causes of Death.
Cause of Death and COVID-19
When COVID-19 is reported as a cause of death on the death certificate, it is coded and counted as a death due to COVID-19. COVID-19 should not be reported on the death certificate if it did not cause or contribute to the death.
Things to Know About Cause-of-Death Data Quality
Getting high quality cause-of-death information can be challenging, especially during emergencies. Certifiers may be faced with heavy workloads, may not have access to complete information about the death, or may not be well trained in how to prepare quality cause-of-death statements.
The quality of cause-of-death data depends on death certificates being complete and accurate.
- Complete means describing a clear chain of events from the immediate to the underlying cause of death, reporting any other conditions that contributed to death, and providing information that is specific.
- Accurate means reporting the correct conditions as causes of death.