New Diagnoses Recommended for the International Classification of Diseases ASHA members presented recommendations Sept. 29 on behalf of the Association for additions and revisions in hearing and swallowing diagnoses in the International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision, Clinical Modification. The ICD-9-CM is the code set required by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act for reporting diagnoses and disorders. ... ASHA News
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ASHA News  |   November 01, 2006
New Diagnoses Recommended for the International Classification of Diseases
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  • Steven White, ASHA’s director of health care economics and advocacy, by e-mail at swhite@asha.org.
    Steven White, ASHA’s director of health care economics and advocacy, by e-mail at swhite@asha.org.×
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ASHA News   |   November 01, 2006
New Diagnoses Recommended for the International Classification of Diseases
The ASHA Leader, November 2006, Vol. 11, 3. doi:10.1044/leader.AN1.11152006.3
The ASHA Leader, November 2006, Vol. 11, 3. doi:10.1044/leader.AN1.11152006.3
ASHA members presented recommendations Sept. 29 on behalf of the Association for additions and revisions in hearing and swallowing diagnoses in the International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision, Clinical Modification. The ICD-9-CM is the code set required by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act for reporting diagnoses and disorders.
Audiologist Kyle Dennis and speech-language pathologist Dee Adams Nikjeh made the recommendations at the ICD-9-CM Coordination and Maintenance Committee meeting at the Center for Medicare and Medicare Services central office in Baltimore. The ASHA Health Care Economics Committee developed the new and revised diagnoses along with input from ASHA Special Interest Divisions. The American Academy of Audiology collaborated with ASHA and supported the recommendations.
The major hearing proposal was for tabular modifications in category 389, Hearing Loss, to build on new codes implemented Oct. 1 for sensorineural hearing loss. These include new codes for bilateral, unilateral, and asymmetrical hearing loss for the other subcategories in this category, such as conductive hearing loss.
ASHA recommended a code or codes for speech and language developmental delay due to hearing loss to distinguish this diagnosis from developmental speech and language delays.
A code was proposed for acquired auditory processing disorder and the ICD-9-CM committee was asked to revise the descriptor of code 389.7, currently “deaf mutism, not elsewhere classifiable” and replace it with the more accurate “deaf nonspeaking.” A code also was recommended for dual sensory impairment, deaf-blindness, or multi-sensory impairment.
A supplemental code was suggested for hearing conservation to differentiate hearing conservation and occupational hearing tests from V70.5, Health Examination of Defined Subpopulations.
A supplemental code also was recommended for disability examinations because other codes (e.g., examination for medical and legal reasons), do not specifically cite disability examination, while V70.5, health examination for defined subpopulations, identifies a wide array of subpopulations including armed forces personnel, prisoners, preschool children, students, refugees, and prostitutes.
A request for specific, unique dysphagia codes was made, to correspond with each phase of dysphagia: oral, oropharyngeal, pharyngeal, and pharyngoesophageal.
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