Feeding Matters Announces U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Diagnostic Codes for Pediatric Eating Disorders

More than a symptom, pediatric eating disorder is now recognized as its own diagnosis.

PHOENIX (PRWEB) October 06, 2021

Feeding Matters, the world’s leading organization dedicated to advancing the system of care for children with pediatric eating disorders (PFDs), is pleased to announce that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of United States established two stand-alone diagnostic codes. for PFD in the International Classification of Diseases (ICD) 2022 ICD-10-CM manual, released this month.

The new CIM-10 codes

These new codes were created by the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS). This means that healthcare professionals can use the diagnostic term “pediatric eating disorder” and associated ICD-10 codes (R63.31-Pediatric eating disorder, acute and R63.32-Pediatric eating disorder, and R63.32-Pediatric eating disorder. pediatric diet, chronic).

ICD-10 codes are used by providers to explain diagnoses (and treatment provided) to insurance companies. They promote common and accurate terminology to advance clinical practice, research and health policy, and these new diagnostic codes are expected to improve communication and care for families, clinicians and caregivers navigating the world of PFD. .

“Nineteen years ago, my triplets were born 14 weeks prematurely. Feeding them was terrifying and a constant challenge. They coughed, choked, vomited and vomited with every meal, and they eventually needed catheters to food to survive My family’s experiences have inspired me to imagine a world where all children are assessed early and appropriately diagnosed with a pediatric eating disorder – rather than being dismissed or treated as a symptom of a pediatric eating disorder. ‘a different problem, “said Shannon Goldwater, Founder of Feeding Matters and Distinguished Board Member.” Over the past 15 years, Feeding Matters has galvanized thousands of families, caregivers, clinicians and supporters of many areas of health to formally define, largely transform and positively impact the area. The US-ICD-CM Organizational Handbook is a critical systematic change. It enables the x Doctors to diagnose the disease and monitor the results, which will provide a better understanding of this complex disease and its prevalence. Simply put, it means a better future, better care, better reimbursement and better outcomes for families of infants and children with PFDs, ”Goldwater concluded.

Benefits for children and their families

PFD affects more than one in 37 children under the age of 5 in the United States each year. It affects neurotypical children and those with intellectual disabilities, regardless of gender, race or socioeconomic status. From a medical point of view, PFD is defined as an alteration in oral intake which is not age appropriate and which is associated with medical, nutritional, dietary and / or psychosocial disorders.

For many children with PFD, eating is an agonizing physical and emotional experience, which can eventually lead to refusal to eat and, subsequently, to malnutrition. A child with PFD may need a specific medical formula for survival. Without a recognized diagnosis, families often find it difficult to get insurance companies to help cover the associated costs. Recognition of pediatric eating disorders and court reimbursement practices are key to improving health outcomes.

In short, these new ICD-10 codes provide a way for healthcare providers and insurance companies to communicate this diagnosis, resulting in better and more affordable care for anyone sailing under PFDs.

The economic burden of PFDs on families is immense. Feeding Matters’ 2019 Economic Impact Study captured overhead costs (e.g. total income lost is $ 125,645. But that number only tells part of the story. What it can’t measure. These are the emotions associated with this economic burden Despite its impact, PFD remains a largely unrecognized, misunderstood and invisible disorder.

“The CDC officially endorsing pediatric eating disorder (PFD) as a stand-alone diagnostic code (code R) in the 2022 edition of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD) has global relevance to anyone who has, knows, cares for or has proximity to a child, ”said Jaclyn Pederson, Managing Director of Feeding Matters. “Since PFD has been shown to be more prevalent than many well-known childhood conditions such as cerebral palsy and autism, affected families are extremely common. Fortunately, the system will no longer have to adopt one. wait-and-see approach as many infants and children suffer and their parents struggle under the extreme financial burden of inconsistent insurance premiums. ”

For families desperate to feed their child (ren), these codes will provide a more defined path to get the care they need in various specialties with more precise and predictable insurance coverage. Perhaps even more important for struggling families, it means validation. Their child’s fight now has a name recognized by the medical community. In the past, the child’s behaviors may have been attributed to parenting style or environmental factors. A medical diagnosis validates PFD as a true medical condition, opening the lines of communication between the family, their provider (s) and the community at large.

Impact on suppliers

For food health professionals, this means credibility. PFD eventually became a recognized condition rather than a perceived transitory symptom. The ICD-10 code will allow physicians to diagnose the disease, clinicians the ability to use the diagnosis to justify dietary therapy, and families to use the services associated with the diagnosis.

“The current prevalence of IDF in children under 5 reinforces the critical need for effective public health strategies that promote earlier identification and referral to appropriate specialists for treatment,” said James A. “Jaime” Phalen, MD, FAAP, former Physician Director of Feeding Matters and lead author of Request for ICD-10-CM Code, which he presented to the CDC. “Establishing these diagnostic codes is a critical next step in supporting pediatricians, caregivers, families and a child’s entire interprofessional network as they determine the best options while managing evolving financial complexities. the route of the PFD. “

With the new diagnostic codes in place, providers and patients alike will need ongoing support. Feeding Matters will focus on promoting standards for screening and diagnosis of PFDs, working with partners to educate providers about the new code, expanding access to feeding treatments under development, and collaborating with stakeholders to develop improved epidemiological monitoring and analysis of disease patterns and treatment outcomes. For resources on using the new ICD-10 code, visit feedmatters.org/toolkit.

Stakeholders are also encouraged to complete the free online infant feeding questionnaire © and speak to their pediatrician about their concerns. Families can also visit Feeding Matters for help with their trip.

The full article, “Pediatric Feeding Disorder: A Nationwide Prevalence Study,” is available online at http://www.jpeds.com. See the document for a full list of authors and disclosures. Doi: 10.1016 / j.jpeds.2020.07.047

Citation: Kovacic K, Kidney, ScM LE, Bhagavatula P, Kommareddy S, Szabo A, Goday PS, Pediatric eating disorder: a national prevalence study, The Journal of Pediatrics (2020), doi: https: // doi .org / 10.1016 /j.jpeds.2020.07.047.

Economic impact study Funding details and disclosure

The Feeding Matters Economic Impact Study was conducted by FirstEval, LLC and supported by the Vitalyst Health Foundation and BHHS Legacy. The Vitalyst Health Foundation and BHHS Legacy played no role in the design of the study; data collection, analysis and interpretation; or writing the report. Feeding Matters is an author of the Economic Impact Study and contributed to the design of the study, access to study participants, and the writing of this manuscript. Feeding Matters did not contribute to the collection, analysis and interpretation of the data.

Citation and references

1 Bass, NH, & Morrell, RM (1992). The neurology of swallowing. Dysphagia: diagnosis and management, 3, 7-35.

2 Manikam R and Justice Perman (2000). Pediatric eating disorders. Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology, 30 (1), 34-46.

3 Goday PS, Huh SY, Silverman A, Lukens CT, Dodrill P, Cohen SS, Delaney AL, Feuling MB, Noel RJ, Gisel E, Kenzer A, Kessler DB, de Camargo OK, Browne J, Phalen JA. (2019) Pediatric eating disorder: consensus definition and conceptual framework. Newspaper


About diet issues

For children with pediatric eating disorders (PFDs), every bite of food can be painful, frightening, or just plain impossible to swallow, which can affect nutrition, development, growth and well-being. general. Yet there is no functioning system of care for PFDs locally, nationally or internationally. That’s why Feeding Matters is committed to creating a world where children with pediatric eating disorders thrive. Founded in 2006, Feeding Matters is the first organization in the world to unite the concerns of families with leading advocates, experts and healthcare professionals in the field to trigger unprecedented change in the healthcare system through advocacy. , education, support and research – including stand-alone diagnosis, the International Conference on Pediatric Eating Disorders and the Infant and Child Feeding Questionnaire. In 2019, Feeding Matters reached over 140,000 people in 50 states and 143 countries through their programs and website. To learn more about pediatric eating disorders, visit feedmatters.org or follow us on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube at @FeedingMatters.

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