The official guidelines for International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-10-CM) used in conjunction with instructions in the Alphabetic Index and Tabular List should guide diagnosis code selection. The guidelines are included in ICD-10-CM reference manuals and applications or may be downloaded as a PDF from As with new and revised codes, revisions to the official guidelines for ICD-10-CM are implemented each October 1.

Even pediatricians who don’t assign diagnosis codes will benefit from awareness of ICD-10-CM guidelines that help drive documentation to support code assignment most clearly reflecting the patient presentation and/or reasons for services.

Code Z71.84, encounter for health counseling related to travel, is to be used for health risk and safety counseling for future travel purposes.

Parents of a 14-year-old who wishes to travel to Brazil with her grandparents consult a pediatrician for counseling about health risks and preventive recommendations...

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