and terminology are maintained and developed annually as
individuals and health industry organizations submit code requests that reflect
current practices in integrative healthcare. ABC Coding Solutions
encourages the public to request and/or suggest additions,
deletions, or changes to ABC codes and terminology.
New Code and Terminology
ABC Coding Solutions works closely with
individuals and entities requesting codes and/or terminology
to assure that the information required for a new code is
complete. This information is then verified through our
Once all relevant information has been collected, a
draft version of the proposed ABC Terminology (code
description and expanded definition) is developed in
accordance with the ABC Terminology lexicon and style sheet.
This draft terminology is presented to the requesting party
and, once approved, remitted to subject matter experts
(SMEs) for review.
Request for Changes to an Existing
ABC Code or Terminology
A request to change either
the placement of an ABC code inside the code set or the
terminology of a code is reviewed. If the change request is
not feasible, it is abandoned. If the change request is
feasible, the proposed terminology change is researched to
determine whether it 1) is accurate and 2) clarifies the
meaning of the existing ABC terminology. This research, if
sufficiently complex, will consist of an SME review of the
proposed terminology change.
Request for Retiring (Deleting) an Existing
Once a request to retire (delete) an
existing ABC code is received, ABC Coding Solutions remits the
request, along with the rationale for deletion, to its SMEs
for expert review.
One or more SMEs must agree to retire an existing ABC
information, please contact:
Coding Solutions - Alternative
Link6121 Indian School Road NE
Albuquerque, NM 87110