External Causes of Injury Coding

Activity Details
  • Credit Type: AHIMA
  • Credit Amount: 0.75
  • Cost: Free
  • Release: Aug 13, 2018
  • Expires: Aug 12, 2021
  • Estimated Time to Complete:
    45 Minutes
  • Average User Rating:
    (1 Rating)


Judith E.  Fields Judith E. Fields, CCS, CCSP, CPC, COC, CPMA, CRC
AHIMA-Approved ICD-10-CM/PCS Trainer
Coding Educator/Medical Coder/Auditor
Harlan, Kentucky
Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center
University of Kentucky
Lexington, Kentucky

Needs Statement

About 90% of the Kentucky injury hospitalization discharge records list codes that describe the mechanism and intent of injury. This percentage dropped in the first months after the transition to ICD-10-CM coding. A survey among medical coders in Kentucky found that the majority of them did not take a specific training on External Cause of Injury Coding.

There is a need for a continuing education module dedicated to the new conceptual and structural changes in the ICD-10-CM coding system related to the External Cause of Injury Coding and the new coding guidelines related to coding of the injury intent.

The ICD-10-CM education for the External Cause of Injury Coding and the official guidelines specific to this area will provide guidance on the proper code assignment when provider documentation is available to code to the highest level of specificity. Thus, provide statistical data for epidemiological analysis.

Target Audience

This educational acitivity is designed to meet the educational needs of medical coders.


Upon completion of this education acrtivity, participants will be able to:

  • Locate and review the ICD-10-CM External Causes of Morbidity Alphabetic Index and Tabular List
  • Locate and identify the ICD-10-CM Official Coding Guidelines Section I.C.20: Chapter 20 External Causes of Morbidity
  • Apply the ICD-10-CM Official Coding Guidelines for Chapter 20 External Causes of Morbidity
  • Identify the main term and subterm entries applying the basic coding steps and guidelines to correct coding for External Causes
  • Verify and assign the ICD-10-CM External Causes of Morbidity code(s) from Chapter 20 Tabular Categories V00-Y99


In recognition of your completion of the EXTERNAL CAUSES OF INJURY CODING module, this certificate is presented to acknowledge your completion of ICD-10-CM educational programming conducted by an AHIMA-Approved ICD-10-CM/PCS Trainer.

Faculty Disclosure

No speaker, planners, or content reviewers have any relevant financial relationships to disclose.

The material presented in this course represents information obtained from the scientific literature as well as the clinical experiences of the speakers. In some cases, the presentations might include discussion of investigational agents and/or off-label indications for various agents used in clinical practice. Speakers will inform the audience when they are discussing investigational and/or off-label uses.

Content review confirmed that the content was developed in a fair, balanced manner free from commercial bias. Disclosure of a relationship is not intended to suggest or condone commercial bias in any presentation, but it is made to provide participants with information that might be of potential importance to their evaluation of a presentation.


This training was supported by the Grant or Cooperative Agreement Number, U17CE924846, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the Department of Health and Human Services.

The grant was received by the Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center at the University of Kentucky College of Public Health as the bona fide agent for the Kentucky Department for Public Health.