Health Information Management

’Injury’ hurts data integrity streams

Briefings on Coding Compliance Strategies, March 1, 2009

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Today’s medical literature includes cer¬tain phrases such as “acute brain injury,” “acute lung injury,” and “acute kidney in¬jury” to help physicians identify patients with organ dam¬age who require study, treatment, and intervention.

However, these phrases don’t match the current ICD-9 terminology and definitions. This mismatch doesn’t help the disease- and outcome-tracking efforts of the Society of Critical Care Medicine and the National Center for Health Statistics. These organi¬zations don’t recognize that they are, in fact, speaking a different language and applying different meanings to ICD-9 codes.

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