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Software Release: AHRQ QI ICD-10-CM/PCS v7.0 beta software

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The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has released ICD-10-CM/PCS-compatible v7.0 beta software for SAS and WinQI.

Important Note: AHRQ has named v7.0 a “beta version” as a signal to users that there may be significant differences between results obtained when using data and QI software based on ICD-9-CM coding vs. the results obtained when using data and QI software based on ICD-10-CM/PCS. Users should interpret rates using the 7.0 beta version with caution. A brief introduction to the differences between ICD-9-CM and ICD-10-CM/PCS is available at: https://www.hcup-us.ahrq.gov/datainnovations/BriefIntrotoICD-10Codes041117.pdf. For more information on the new v7.0 beta SAS and WinQI software for ICD-10-CM/PCS, visit  https://www.qualityindicators.ahrq.gov/News/ICD10_v70_FAQ.pdf.

This release also includes coding updates to align with the latest ICD-10-CM/PCS coding guidance. For a complete list of the indicator level changes, refer to the Change Logs for each module:

Other software updates include:

Additional Notes:
Because of the transition to ICD-10-CM/PCS, risk adjustment is not supported in v6.0 and v7.0 beta SAS and WinQI software for ICD-10-CM/PCS. At least one full year of data coded in ICD-10-CM/PCS is needed to develop robust risk adjustment models for the ICD-10-CM/PCS compatible software. A full year of ICD-10-CM/PCS coded all-payer data will not be available to AHRQ until summer of 2018; therefore, risk-adjustment capabilities for ICD-10 software are anticipated by the end of 2018.
In addition, 14 indicators have been retired and are not included in this release. Additional information is available at: https://www.qualityindicators.ahrq.gov/News/default.aspx.

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