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WEDI Releases Issue Brief on ICD-10-CM Clinical Indicators

October 31, 2016


WEDI Releases Issue Brief on ICD-10-CM Clinical Indicators 

Educational resource discusses concerns around coding Guideline 19; references further resources

RESTON, Va. — October 31, 2016 — WEDI, the nation’s leading authority on the use of health IT to create efficiencies in healthcare information exchange, announced the release of an educational issue brief regarding the 2017 ICD-10-CM Official Guidelines for coding. This issue brief was developed by the WEDI ICD-10 Workgroup and ICD-10 Coding and Translation Sub-Workgroup with the intention to provide supplemental information that may be useful as organizations determine how they will handle situations related to the new Guideline Number 19. 

WHAT:                    Section I (Conventions) of the 2017 ICD-10-CM Official Guidelines for coding and reporting includes a new Guideline Number 19 titled “Code assignment and Clinical Criteria.” This guideline states “The assignment of a diagnosis code is based on the provider’s diagnostic statement that the condition exists. The provider’s statement that the patient has a particular condition is sufficient. Code assignment is not based on clinical criteria used by the provider to establish the diagnosis.” 

WHY:                       This has caused some concern in the industry, mainly due to reporting and auditing of the many quality programs currently in place and being planned for in the future. While this guideline puts in writing what is an age-old process, current regulations, medical necessity requirements and audit programs negate this type of coding.

Download the 2017 ICD-10-CM Clinical Indicators Issue Brief here.

For more information on WEDI’s industry efforts surrounding ICD-10, please visit the WEDI ICD-10 Workgroup page.

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