On 18 June 2018, 18 years after the launch of ICD-10 and over the course of a decade of development, the World Health Organization (WHO) released a version of ICD-11. This version of ICD-11 will be presented to the World Health Assembly in May 2019 to allow the WHO Member States, including the United States, time to […]Read more
New Guideline I.C.15.l.3 Drug use during pregnancy, childbirth and the puerperium, and New Codes for Chapter 16 Certain Conditions Originating in the Perinatal Period.
Background The World Health Organization (WHO) notes, “Use of alcohol, illicit drugs and other psychoactive substances during pregnancy can lead to multiple health and social problems for both mother and child, including miscarriage, stillbirth, low birthweight, prematurity, physical malformations and neurological damage.” Complete and accurate coding as well as application of the FY2019 Official Coding […]Read more
A completely new official coding guideline (“OCG”), not a revision, was added to Section I.B. General Coding Guidelines. The new guideline is titled “Coding for Healthcare Encounters in Hurricane Aftermath.” This new OCG has four components: I.B.19.a. Use of External Cause of Morbidity Codes I.B.19.b. Sequencing of External Causes of Morbidity Codes I.B.19.c. Other External […]Read more