The Workgroup for External Cause Coding Improvement (WECCI) is a forum led by CSTE that includes CDC, STIPDA, ASTHO, PHDSC, APHA, and other injury epidemiologists. WECCI hosts monthly conference calls, and members have outlined a comprehensive agenda to improve access to quality external cause codes for injury, to document the extent of deficiencies in external cause coding, and to prevent federal preemption of an external cause coding mandate with implementation of ICD-10. The group developed an assessment to further specify the current and planned activities of state injury programs in their attempt to get quality data from providers and has submitted position statements to several organizations regarding the use of external cause codes.
WECCI members have partnered with CDC/NCIPC, CDC/NCHS, and other partners to publish recommendations for external cause coding in MMWR. The group has also has worked with partners to conduct surveys, such as the survey on external cause coding in states, How States Are Collecting and Using Cause of Injury Data: 2004 Update to the 1997 Report. WECCI is currently working to coordinate the efforts of partner organizations to increase momentum to address deficiencies in external cause coding.
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