Classifications and Terminologies, December 2017


Welcome to the eighth edition of our Classifications and Terminologies e-newsletter. It aims to promote Classifications and Terminologies activities, upcoming education courses, coding questions, topical data quality initiatives and more! We’d also like to take this opportunity to wish you all a happy holiday and a joyful, healthy and successful 2018!

Classifications and Terminologies highlights

Opioid poisoning

The Opioid Overdose Coding Direction Bulletin(PDF) provides coding and abstracting direction to ensure the collection of accurate and quality data strictly related to opioid overdose. The directives in this bulletin do not apply to the capture of any other conditions.


Education refresh

For 2018–2019, Classifications and Terminologies has responded to clients’ requests to reduce the number of resources they need to reference. This has resulted in a streamlining of our existing education products.

As such, some courses will be updated to version 2018, while others will either be retired or moved to a resource format. No pertinent content will be lost due to the retirement of products — it has all been incorporated into the Canadian Coding Standards for Version 2018 ICD-10-CA and CCI, to be released in February 2018. Further details on updates to education products will come in the new year.

What’s New for Classifications and Terminologies v2018?

Our What’s New web conference provides a high-level overview of the key changes to ICD-10-CA/CCI and the Canadian Coding Standards for Version 2018 ICD-10-CA and CCI. Log in to CIHI’s Learning Centre to register. Session dates are as follows:


  • February 27, 2018
  • March 6, 2018
  • March 13, 2018


  • March 8, 2018

Moving Forward Using v2018 of ICD-10-CA and CCI

This self-study supplements the What’s New for Classifications and Terminologies v2018? web conference. This course addresses in greater detail some of the more complex and challenging aspects of v2018 ICD-10-CA/CCI and the Canadian Coding Standards for Version 2018 ICD-10-CA and CCI. Both English and French will be released mid-February 2018.

Release of v2018 classifications and standards

Version 2018 ICD-10-CA/CCI and Canadian Coding Standards

Version 2018 of the ICD-10-CA/CCI Folio application, the Canadian Coding Standards and related products will be available to download in English and French from the CIHI eStore as of February 20, 2018. These will be effective for April 1, 2018, discharges and apply to fiscal years 2018–2019, 2019–2020 and 2020–2021.

Coding questions: Updated coding questions

On occasion, a coding question is reopened to revise the answer. This is done when an error is identified, there is new information or there is a change of direction and there is value in revising the answer.

The following coding questions have been revised and updated since June 2017. Log in to eQuery now to review them.







































Note: The tagline ******* Updated on YYYY.MM.DD ********* identifies the date the answer was revised; a brief description of the change, in square brackets, immediately follows the tagline.

Tips for Coders

Since the release of the last e-newsletter in June 2017, the latest Tips for Coders have been posted on the Codes and Classifications page:

  • September 2017: Diagnosis Typing for the Delivery Episode of Care
  • December 2017: ICD-10-CA Classification of Multiple Hernias

Due to the release of v2018 ICD-10-CA/CCI, the Canadian Coding Standards and the associated education products (What’s New and Moving Forward mentioned above), we will post a new Tip for Coders in June 2018.

Clients will be pleased to know that historical Tips for Coders that are still relevant will be updated and added as a new appendix to the Canadian Coding Standards for Version 2018 ICD-10-CA and CCI so they are more easily accessible. Once the Canadian Coding Standards has been published, these historical tips will be removed from the website. The most recent tips will still be available on the website.

Get in touch

For additional information about content in this e-newsletter, please contact us at classifications@cihi.ca or visit the Codes and Classifications