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Comment & Response
June 2017

Estimated Cost of Emergency Sunburn Visits—Validation of ICD-9-CM Search Criteria

Author Affiliations
  • 1Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts
  • 2Loyola University, Chicago, Illinois
  • 3Department of Dermatology, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts
JAMA Dermatol. 2017;153(6):612-613. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2017.0252

To the Editor We applaud the evaluation by Guy and colleagues1 of costs for sunburn-associated visits to US emergency departments. Their analysis was performed using the International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-9-CM) primary and secondary billing codes for sunburn (692.71, 692.76, and 692.77) in discharge records from the National Emergency Department Sample database.

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