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code it! - ACCD Newsletter Vol 5, No 2, March 2018

Welcome to another edition of our code it! Newsletter.

HIMAA NCCH Conference 2018


What's New

What's New in CLIP


New Coding Rules
21 new Coding Rules have been published in CLIP as at 15 March 2018, for implementation 1 April 2018. Click here to view them.

Updated Coding Rules
There is 1 Coding Rule that has been updated for implementation 1 April 2018: Z38 Liveborn infants according to place of birth. The following sentence has been added: It should be noted that classification advice is provided independent of admitted patient care types, unless specifically stated otherwise. Click here to view a track changed version in the Updated Coding Rules documents.

Errata 4, March 2018 (for implementation 1 April 2018) now available

ICD-10-AM/ACHI/ACS Tenth Edition Errata 4 is now available. Please update your hard copy volumes. Click here to download the errata.

AR-DRG V9.0 Definitions Manual Errata 2

Errata 2 (1 March 2018) for the AR-DRG Version 9.0 Definitions Manual is available for download.

Purchase of Products

The ICD-10-AM/ACHI/ACS Tenth Edition Manuals, Electronic Code Lists (ECLs) and Mapping Tables as well as the AR-DRG V9.0 Definitions Manuals are available for purchase. 

Please refer to the Ordering section below.

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Eleventh Edition update

The work programme for ICD-10-AM/ACHI/ACS Eleventh Edition continues in its development.

As previously advised the mandatory updates to ICD-10-AM and ACHI in line with the World Health Organization (WHO) updates to ICD-10, the Australian Dental Association (ADA) updates and the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) updates are being undertaken, and the following areas will also have revision and development:

  • Chronic Conditions and review of ACS 0002 (ICD/ACS)

  • Ophthalmology (ACHI Part 2)

  • Obstetrics & Abortion (ICD/ACHI/ACS Part 2)

  • Excludes note review (ICD Part 2)

  • Syndromes (ICD/ACS)

  • Wound Management (including debridement) (ACHI/ACS)

  • Neoplasms (ICD/ACHI/ACS)

  • FESS and ENMT interventions (ACHI/ACS)    


ACCD has been made aware of concerns over national inconsistencies in the coding of additional diagnoses since the release of the Victorian addition to the Australian Coding Standard (ACS) 0002 Additional diagnoses on 1 July 2107. These concerns have been discussed at the ICD Technical Group since December 2017 and are being addressed through a planned review of ACS 0002 for Eleventh Edition of ICD-10-AM/ACHI/ACS.

This review of ACS 0002 Additional diagnoses had been included on the ACCD Eleventh Edition work plan since the beginning of the development cycle. The review will take into considerations all concerns and various current jurisdictional advice to facilitate consistency in the coding of additional diagnoses nationally.


As per the Tenth Edition revision of ICD-10-AM/ACHI/ACS there will be a public consultation process which will commence later in 2018.

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Education Update

ICD-10-AM/ACHI/ACS Tenth Edition Education

The ICD-10-AM/ACHI/ACS Tenth Edition online education program and materials have been relocated to the education section of the website at The tutorial videos (with presentation slides), coding exercise workbook and the reference to changes for Tenth Edition remain accessible from here.


The preparation for the HIMAA NCCH Conference 2018 to be held in Hobart will commence in the coming months. The NCCH would like to ask the clinical coders and HIMs for education topics for consideration in the Clinical Coding Workshop(s).

Is there a specific area of classification or topic you would like to receive more education on in November? All suggestions can be directed to the Operations Coordinator (Filippa Pretty) via email to

(see Upcoming Events for more details regarding the conference)


Clinical Updates

After a review of the current coding rules the ACCD has decided to separate the clinical update material and previous edition FAQ documents and relocate these to the education section of the website at in the coming months. Stay tuned ....


AR-DRG V8.0 and V9.0 Education 

Education tutorials outlining the changes in AR-DRG Versions 8.0 and 9.0 continue to be available on the ACCD website.

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Upcoming Events

HIMAA NCCH Conference 2018
Health Information Management - Engaging the next generation

Hobart, 31 October - 2 November 2018

Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart


  1. Digital Health/Health Informatics – EMRs, personal health records, telehealth, consumer health informatics, aged care informatics, mobile technology in health, implementation of health information systems, social media and health.
  2. Health Classifications and Coding – activity based funding, casemix, clinical costing, coding quality.
  3. Pricing for Patient Quality and Safety - clinical pathways, clinical indicators, patient outcomes, integrated care, models of care.
  4. Information Governance – data standards, data quality, clinical data management, clinical documentation improvement.
  5. Health Services Management – human resource management, change management, strategic planning, accreditation, leadership.
  6. Medico-legal Issues – privacy principles and policies, security.
  7. International Health Information Management - practice and perspectives.
  8. Education and Training – workforce, professional pathways.
  9. Health Analytics - data analytics, business intelligence, predictive analytics.
  10. Student Presentations – an opportunity for health information students to present their work

Call for papers

Access here

Further Information

Visit the conference website


Professional development

For further professional development opportunities and ongoing education please refer to: (What’s New)  

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Ordering ICD-10-AM/ACHI/ACS and AR-DRG Related Products

The Tenth Edition ICD-10-AM/ACHI/ACS hard copy books, Electronic Code Lists (ECLs) and Mapping Tables as well as AR-DRG V9.0 Definition Manuals

are available for purchase from the IHPA Sales website.

Please also refer to the IHPA AR-DRG Classification System Product Sales Frequently Asked Questions Sales website.

The Ninth Edition ICD-10-AM/ACHI/ACS hard copy books, Electronic Code Lists (ECLs), Mapping Tables and AR-DRG Version 8.0 Definitions Manual continue to be available for purchase from the IHPA Sales website.

Fundamentals of Morbidity Coding

The NCCH has released a Tenth Edition revision of the Fundamentals of Morbidity Coding which can be ordered here. 

ICPC-2 PLUS License

If you are developing a software program, either for clinical or research purposes, and would like to consider using the ICPC-2 PLUS terminology, see the Developers section of the NCCH website.

If you are purchasing an EHR system that incorporates ICPC-2 PLUS and would like to use it for coding your health information, see the End Users section of the NCCH website.

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