vii PEDIATRIC ICD-10-CM 2017: A MANUAL FOR PROVIDER-BASED CODING
Foreword
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is pleased to publish this second edition of Pediatric ICD-10-CM: A Manual for Provider-Based
Coding, a pediatric version of the International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-10-CM) manual. As
we continue this new chapter in diagnostic coding, the AAP believes it vital to publish an ICD-10-CM manual that is more manageable
for pediatric providers. The expansive nature of the code set from International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision, Clinical
Modification to ICD-10-CM has overwhelmed many physicians, providers, and coders, so we have condensed the code set by only
providing pediatric-relevant diagnoses and their corresponding codes. We have reduced the guidelines so that only those applicable to
the physician or provider are included, while those only relevant to facilities are removed and can be located in the larger ICD-10-CM
manual. Lastly, guidelines that exist for topic-specific chapters or specific codes can now be found in their respective tabular chapter
or right where the specific code is listed. This will aid the user in identifying any chapter- or code-specific guidelines right where they
are needed most. This should assist in reducing any coding errors caused by reporting services that go against the guidelines that were
once solely kept in the front of the manual, away from applicable codes.
The AAP is committed to the clinical modification of the ICD code set and for the past several years has sent an AAP liaison,
Jeffrey F. Linzer Sr, MD, FACEP, FAAP, to the ICD Coordination and Maintenance Committee Meeting, which is the semiannual meeting
where all new ICD codes are presented as well as revisions to the tabular list, index, and guidelines. Having a dedicated expert
liaison aids in presenting pediatric issues at the meeting. The AAP is also very pleased to continue its work with the ICD Editorial
Advisory Board for Coding Clinic for ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS. Coding Clinic is responsible for publishing ICD coding guidance and
clarifications to supplement the ICD-10-CM manual. Dr Linzer sits on the Editorial Advisory Board to represent pediatric issues and is
an expert on all ICD-10-CM matters.
The AAP will continue to support its members on issues regarding coding, and the Division of Health Care Finance at the AAP
headquarters stands ready to assist with problem areas not adequately covered in this manual. The AAP Coding Hotline can be accessed
through e-mail at aapcodinghotline@aap.org.
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