Physical Child Abuse Codes

Physical Child Abuse Codes

Download resources useful in identifying and coding cases of physical child abuse.

International Classification of Diseases (ICD) codes can be used to identify cases of physical child abuse among hospitalized children. Previous validation studies using ICD-9-CM codes established a rubric whereby hospitalizations qualified as cases of physical abuse if they had both a code for abuse or assault and a code for an injury, anoxic brain injury or retinal hemorrhages. ICD-9-CM codes did not allow for a declaration of diagnostic certainty. Among other changes, ICD-10 codes now allow for new designations for suspected and confirmed abuse.

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