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Emergency Department ICD-10-AM Principal Diagnosis Short List
In 2013 IHPA initiated a review to assess long term options for classification of emergency care services for activity based funding in Australia. The review aimed to drive efficiency and effectiveness of emergency care services through pricing and funding, while considering the collection of data that supports clinical care and other uses such as quality improvement, epidemiological monitoring and health services research.
The review recommended the development of a new emergency care classification that focused on a diagnosis based classification to ultimately replace the Urgency Related Groups (URGs) and Urgency Disposition Groups (UDGs) – both of which use a triage category to indicate the level of complexity for a presentation. The review also revealed strong support for a consistent approach to the national reporting of a principal diagnosis for Emergency Department presentations.
In response to the review, the Emergency Department ICD-10-AM Principal Diagnosis Short List (ED Short List) was developed in 2015 and adheres to classification principles approved by Emergency Care Advisory Working Group (ECAWG). The ED Short List went through a public consultation process which was reviewed and further refined by IHPA with the assistance of two Health Information Managers.
The ED Short List replaces previous reporting inconsistencies whereby states and territories would report principal diagnosis using various code sets, including the:
- Systematized Nomenclature of Medicine – Clinical Terms (SNOMED CT)
- International Classification of Diseases – Ninth Revision – Clinical Modification (ICD-9-CM)
- International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems – Tenth Revision – Australian Modification (ICD-10-AM), various editions.
IHPA also developed a mapping file between the ED Short List and full ICD‑10‑AM code set. The ED Short List mapping file contains licensed material from ICD-10-AM and is therefore not available on the IHPA website. The mapping file can be provided to stakeholders upon request, whereby verification of licensing agreements for ICD‑10‑AM will be required.
A range of material to support the implementation and use of the ED Short List is available below.
Eleventh Edition ED Short List
The Emergency Department ICD-10-AM Eleventh Edition Principal Diagnosis Short List was endorsed by the national data governance committee in December 2018 for inclusion in the 2019–20 Non-Admitted Patient Emergency Department Care National Minimum Data Set (NAPEDC NMDS). The Eleventh Edition ED Short List should be used for 2020–21 and 2021–22 data submissions. The Eleventh Edition ED Short List was updated in March 2020 to include new codes for COVID-19 and in February 2021 to include a code for an adverse effect of the COVID-19 vaccination.
Tenth Edition ED Short List
The Emergency Department ICD-10-AM Tenth Edition Principal Diagnosis Short List was endorsed by the national data governance committee in November 2017 for inclusion in the 2018–19 NAPEDC NMDS.
Ninth Edition ED Short List
Any enquiries related to the ED Short List should be directed to (enquiries.ihpa [at] health.gov.au).