Dr. Benjamin Amick, professor and chair of the Department of Health Policy and Management at the FIU Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work, has been part of a workgroup of ergonomic and musculoskeletal disorder experts who recently proposed new codes for the upcoming version of the International Classifications of Diseases.
Led by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), this workgroup provided research data justifying the need for modification of the International Classifications of Diseases, Tenth Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-10-CM). As a result, a new category of external causation codes “Overexertion and strenuous or repetitive movements (X50)” will be added. Comparable codes were available in ICD-9-CM, but based on early input from stakeholders, the codes were deactivated. The added codes will improve surveillance of work-related injuries using ICD-10-CM. The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation initiated the original request to NIOSH to add external causation codes comparable to the previous category, “Overexertion and strenuous movements (E927.0).”
Dr. Amick, who was previously the scientific director of the Institute of Work & Health (IWH), noted that these new causation codes are essential to allow for the surveillance of how the causes of musculoskeletal disorders change over time and to assess the impact of policy instruments designed to reduce ergonomic hazards in the workplace.
Dr. Amick’s work focuses on how to build efficient and effective systems to support population health improvement. In particular he helps build healthy labor markets that reduce the risk and burden of injuries and illnesses from a broad systems integration perspective and improve economic competitiveness.