Division WorkingToward Diagnostic Code Change At the January 1998 Steering Committee meeting of Special Interest Division 4, Fluency and Fluency Disorders, a commitment was made to work toward changing the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics ICD-9-CM diagnostic code for stammering and stuttering. Currently, the category of stammering and stuttering is included under ... SIG News
SIG News  |   March 01, 1998
Division WorkingToward Diagnostic Code Change
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  • Jennifer B. Watson
    Steering Committee
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Fluency Disorders / SIG News
SIG News   |   March 01, 1998
Division WorkingToward Diagnostic Code Change
SIG 4 Perspectives on Fluency and Fluency Disorders, March 1998, Vol. 8, 5. doi:10.1044/ffd8.2.5
SIG 4 Perspectives on Fluency and Fluency Disorders, March 1998, Vol. 8, 5. doi:10.1044/ffd8.2.5
At the January 1998 Steering Committee meeting of Special Interest Division 4, Fluency and Fluency Disorders, a commitment was made to work toward changing the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics ICD-9-CM diagnostic code for stammering and stuttering. Currently, the category of stammering and stuttering is included under “Neurotic Disorders, Personality Disorders, and Other Nonpsychotic Mental Disorders.” The division will explore more appropriate codes, such as those listed under “Symptoms, Signs, and Illdefined Conditions.” It is the judgment of many that such a revision in the codes will facilitate third-party reimbursement for the treatment of stuttering.
I have agreed to initiate these efforts and will be working closely with ASHA's Private Health Plans Unit. Specifically, I will focus on identifying groups whose support will be needed in changing the code, developing a statement of rationale for the preferred code change, and developing a plan of strategy to bring about the code change. It will take years to bring about such a code change, but it can be done if we garner the support of other related organizations that might have a concern over such a change. If you have insights regarding this issue, please contact me at 817-921-7621; J.Watson@TCU.edu; 817-257-5692 (fax).
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