According to the official ICD-10-CM Guidelines, in situations of maltreatment (e.g., adult and child abuse, neglect, etc.), the sequence of coding is important. Regardless of whether it is suspected or confirmed, it is important to document the type of abuse. Use the following sequence:
An appropriate code from category T74- (confirmed) or T76- (suspected)
Any accompanying mental health or injury code(s) related to the abuse
An external cause code, where applicable, (X92-Y09) to identify the cause of any physical injuries
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