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October 2009 ICD-9-CM Changes

Although the ICD-9-CM Coordination and Maintenance Committee is a Federal Committee, suggestions for coding modifications come from both the public and private sectors. Interested parties are asked to submit recommendations for modification 2 months prior to a scheduled meeting. Proposals for a new code should include a description of the code being requested, and rationale for why the new code is needed, along with any supporting references and literature. Recommendations and comments are carefully reviewed and evaluated before any final decisions are made. No decisions are made at the meetings. The ICD-9-CM Coordination and Maintenance Committee's role is advisory, with all final decisions made by the Director of NCHS and the Administrator of CMS. Final decisions made after the fall meeting generally become effective October 1 of the following year. Some changes for October 2009 include changing the wording from renal to kidney or vice versa. Other changes add a new code and remove the diagnosis for the new code from a previous code. Some changes were just grammatical, changing a small letter to a capital letter. New codes were added for the new H1N1 flu. There were changes made for newborn exams, for those under 28 days. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Journal for Nurse Practitioners Elsevier
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