As coders prepare for another round of International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-10-CM) updates on October 1, it is important to understand what goes into the revisions and how the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is involved. The ICD-10-CM code set was released in 2015 and is often described as “extensive” or “robust.” Some codes have even been singled out for being overly detailed, such as those for “burn due to water-skis on fire, initial encounter” or “sucked into jet engine, subsequent encounter.”

Although the code set is thorough, new codes are needed and revisions are ongoing. This is due to both a lack of specificity from the onset of the classification being released and newly emerging clinical findings and changing terminology.

Specialty societies, including the AAP, are actively involved with the creation of codes and revisions to the code set, in addition to industry...

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