Considerations Regarding Possible Diagnostic Code Change for Stuttering The issue of changing the diagnostic codes for stuttering has been a topic of discussion within ASHA, especially within Division 4, for several years. In fact, the Task Force on Reimbursement and Diagnostic Codes, chaired by Jennifer Watson, was created to address two topics related to diagnostic classification. Charge ... Article
Article  |   September 01, 2003
Considerations Regarding Possible Diagnostic Code Change for Stuttering
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  • John Wade
    Counseling and Psychological Services University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS
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Article   |   September 01, 2003
Considerations Regarding Possible Diagnostic Code Change for Stuttering
SIG 4 Perspectives on Fluency and Fluency Disorders, September 2003, Vol. 13, 24-30. doi:10.1044/ffd13.1.24
SIG 4 Perspectives on Fluency and Fluency Disorders, September 2003, Vol. 13, 24-30. doi:10.1044/ffd13.1.24
The issue of changing the diagnostic codes for stuttering has been a topic of discussion within ASHA, especially within Division 4, for several years. In fact, the Task Force on Reimbursement and Diagnostic Codes, chaired by Jennifer Watson, was created to address two topics related to diagnostic classification. Charge 1 is to develop strategies for increasing the reimbursement for stuttering assessment and treatment. Charge 2, which is related, is to develop strategies to support changing diagnostic codes for stuttering. Let me add an important disclaimer that the opinions and recommendations that will be expressed in this column are my own, not necessarily those of the Task Force.
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