AHA Coding Clinic® for ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS - 2013 Issue 2

Clarification on the Use of External Cause and Unspecified Codes in ICD-10-CM

The following statement was approved and posted by the four Cooperating Parties in May 2013 and is now reproduced in its entirety. External Cause Codes Just as with ICD-9-CM, there is no national requirement for mandatory ICD-10-CM external cause code reporting. Unless a provider is subject to a state-based external cause code reporting mandate or these codes are required by a particular payer, reporting of ICD-10-CM codes in Chapter 20, External Causes of Morbidity, is not required. If a provider has not been reporting ICD-9-CM external cause codes, the provider will not be required to report ICD-10-CM...

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