Health Information Management

Director’s Note: Clarification regarding Coding Clinic publication

CDI Strategies, December 22, 2011

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The American Hospital Association (AHA) has not made any formal decisions regarding when it will begin publishing a separate Coding Clinic for ICD-10, contrary to what was reported in a previous edition of CDI Strategies, according to Nelly Leon-Chisen, RHIA, director of coding and classification for the AHA.

However, those with questions pertaining to ICD-10 may submit them to the AHA now. It will begin to collect questions regarding the new code set and will start to include those questions within its 4th Quarter 2012 edition of Coding Clinic for ICD-9-CM, Leon-Chisen said in a clarification to ACDIS.
 
Those who submit inquiries must have working knowledge of the new code set and questions must pertain to the application of the codes and the interpretation of the medical record. “This service is for coding advice only, not for advice about ICD-10 implementation,” Leon-Chisen said during CMS’ “ICD-10 Implementation Strategies and Planning National Provider Call” on November 17.  
 
The AHA has no plans to translate guidance from previous volumes of Coding Clinic for ICD-9-CM, as the increased specificity of the new code set is expected to make much of the former guidance obsolete.



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