5.3 Personnel Responsible for Diagnosis and Coding

Expected time: 15 minutes

Although coding of congenital anomalies can happen in the hospital or clinic, the final code will always be at the central registry where final review and verification of all codes reported by participating sites occurs. However, it is important to also train the hospital staff responsible for diagnosis and coding of congenital anomalies.

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If coding is done at the hospital, someone who is knowledgeable about congenital anomalies should also review and confirm the diagnoses and assign the codes.

  • They will be reviewed and verified at the central registry level.
    • Not every site will have personnel who are knowledgeable about congenital anomalies.
  • If no knowledgeable staff are available, it is suggested that coding be done at the central registry level.