Following are this year's changes to the International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-9-CM) codes that may be reported by pediatricians and pediatric specialists. These new codes are effective (and must be accepted by third-party payers) on October 1, 2011. In accordance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services no longer allows covered entities a grace period to implement new and revised codes.

Of note are some of the new codes.

The complete listing of new, revised, and deleted ICD-9-CM codes can be found at www.cdc.gov/nchs/icd.htm.

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