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Posted on 08 Oct 2019

Eleventh Edition Victorian Education ACS 0002 and ACS 0010

VAHI has released an educational resource to support clinical coders in the consistent application of two key Australian Coding Standards (ACS): ACS 0002 Additional diagnoses and ACS 0010 Clinical documentation and general abstraction guidelines.

The new guide will help coders to apply coding standards accurately, following implementation of the Eleventh Edition ICD-10-AM/ACHI/ACS for separations on or after 1 July 2019. It will assist them to produce coded data that is accurate, complete and reliable for the purposes for which it is required. The resource is applicable to both public and private hospitals in Victoria.

Feedback from a regional coding education workshop, and VAHI’s Victorian ICD Coding Committee (VICC) recommended VAHI develop an educational resource for clinical coders to supplement the national education for the two standards due to the significant revisions made for the Eleventh Edition.

The resource has been approved by the VICC and contains 41 examples of application of the standards to further clarify the assignment of diagnosis codes within an admitted episode of care.

VAHI has received positive feedback on the resource, with coders saying the examples are comprehensive and provide a sound foundation for applying these two coding standards.

The resource has also been submitted to the Independent Hospital Pricing Authority (IHPA) who are now responsible for the development of the ICD-10-AM/ACHI/ACS classification, to inform further refinement of ACS 0002 Additional diagnoses.

Coding and VAED reporting of ventilatory support

The ‘feature article’ on coding and Victorian Admitted Episodes Dataset (VAED) reporting of continuous ventilatory support (CVS) has also been updated.

Feature articles support Victorian health information managers and clinical coders by providing them with additional information where existing coding standards and VAED business rules require further clarification.

The first version of the CVS article was published in 2012. It is updated periodically to reflect any changes in coding and VAED reporting business rules. This version provides additional examples of the coding and reporting of non-invasive ventilation (NIV) including NIV with tracheostomy or trache-shielding and CVS in contracted care and posthumous organ procurement episodes.

View VAHI’s clinical coding education resources on the Better Safer Care website.

Coding queries can be submitted to VICC via the online coding query form.

For more information, please contact Carla Read, Manager Classification and Coding, via  

Page last updated: 09 Oct 2019