HCPro: Complete the patient’s story with ICD-10-CM external cause codes

The purpose of external cause codes is to provide data for injury research and evaluation of injury prevention strategies. AAPC’s Vice President of ICD-10 Education and Training Rhonda Buckholtz, CPC, CPMA, CPC-I, CGSC, COBGC, CPEDC, CENTC, recently authored an article for HCPro in which she describes why ICD-10 seems to have a code for everything, how to report external cause codes, and why they’re so important.

“These codes capture how the injury or health condition happened (the cause), the intent (unintentional or accidental, or intentional, such as suicide or assault), the place (where the event occurred), and the activity of the patient at the time of the event,” she writes.


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