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Episode of care—additional diagnosis, code (ICD-10-AM 10th edn) ANN{.N[N]}

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Metadata item type:Help on this termData Element
Short name:Help on this termAdditional diagnosis
METeOR identifier:Help on this term641014
Registration status:Help on this termHealth, Superseded 25/01/2018
Tasmanian Health, Archived 08/04/2019
Independent Hospital Pricing Authority, Recorded 04/08/2016
Definition:Help on this term

A condition or complaint either coexisting with the principal diagnosis or arising during the episode of admitted patient care, episode of residential care or attendance at a health care establishment, as represented by a code.

Data Element Concept:Episode of care—additional diagnosis

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Classification scheme:International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems, Tenth Revision, Australian Modification 10th edition
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Data type:Help on this termString
Format:Help on this termANN{.N[N]}
Maximum character length:Help on this term6

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Record each additional diagnosis relevant to the episode of care in accordance with the ICD-10-AM Australian Coding Standards. Generally, external cause, place of occurrence and activity codes will be included in the string of additional diagnosis codes. In some data collections these codes may also be copied into specific fields.

The diagnosis can include a disease, condition, injury, poisoning, sign, symptom, abnormal finding, complaint, or other factor influencing health status.

Additional diagnoses give information on the conditions that are significant in terms of treatment required, investigations needed and resources used during the episode of care. They are used for casemix analyses relating to severity of illness and for correct classification of patients into Australian Refined Diagnosis Related Groups (AR-DRGs).

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An additional diagnosis should be recorded and coded where appropriate upon separation of an episode of admitted patient care or the end of an episode of residential care or attendance at a health care establishment. The additional diagnosis is derived from and must be substantiated by clinical documentation.

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Additional diagnoses should be interpreted as conditions that affect patient management in terms of requiring any of the following:

  • Commencement, alteration or adjustment of therapeutic treatment
  • Diagnostic procedures
  • Increased clinical care and/or monitoring

In accordance with the Australian Coding Standards, certain conditions that do not meet the above criteria may also be recorded as additional diagnoses.

Additional diagnoses are significant for the allocation of AR-DRGs. The allocation of a patient to major problem or complication and co-morbidity Diagnosis Related Groups is made on the basis of the presence of certain specified additional diagnoses. Additional diagnoses should be recorded when relevant to the patient's episode of care and not restricted by the number of fields on the morbidity form or computer screen.

External cause codes, although not diagnosis of condition codes, should be sequenced together with the additional diagnosis codes so that meaning is given to the data for use in injury surveillance and other monitoring activities.

Source and reference attributes

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Independent Hospital Pricing Authority

Australian Consortium for Classification Development

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Related metadata references:Help on this term

Has been superseded by Episode of care—additional diagnosis, code (ICD-10-AM 10th edn) ANN{.N[N]} Health, Superseded 12/12/2018, Tasmanian Health, Archived 08/04/2019, ACT Health, Final 09/08/2018

Supersedes Episode of care—additional diagnosis, code (ICD-10-AM 9th edn) ANN{.N[N]} Health, Superseded 05/10/2016, Tasmanian Health, Archived 06/07/2017, Independent Hospital Pricing Authority, Standard 16/03/2016

Implementation in Data Set Specifications:Help on this term
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Activity based funding: Mental health care NBEDS 2017-18 Health, Superseded 25/01/2018

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Admitted patient care NMDS 2017-18 Health, Superseded 25/01/2018

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Residential mental health care NMDS 2017–18 Health, Superseded 25/01/2018

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Tasmanian Admitted Patient Data Set - 2017 Tasmanian Health, Archived 10/01/2018

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Tasmanian Admitted Patient Data Set - 2018 Tasmanian Health, Archived 12/04/2019

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Implementation in Indicators:Help on this termUsed as numerator
Australian Health Performance Framework: PI 2.1.4–Selected potentially preventable hospitalisations, 2019 Health, Standard 09/04/2020
Australian Health Performance Framework: PI 2.2.1–Adverse events treated in hospitals, 2019 Health, Standard 09/04/2020
National Healthcare Agreement: PB f–By 2014–15, improve the provision of primary care and reduce the proportion of potentially preventable hospital admissions by 7.6 per cent over the 2006-07 baseline to 8.5 per cent of total hospital admissions, 2020 Health, Standard 13/03/2020
National Healthcare Agreement: PI 18–Selected potentially preventable hospitalisations, 2020 Health, Standard 13/03/2020
National Healthcare Agreement: PI 27–Number of hospital patient days used by those eligible and waiting for residential aged care, 2020 Health, Standard 13/03/2020
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