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Request for Consultant Applications by Fri, Feb 17: Drug Poisoning-Specific Injury

Tuesday, February 14, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Jessica Austin
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Dear Colleague,


The Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE) is planning to hire a consultant to work with CSTE, CDC, and state partners to facilitate the integration of Overdose/Drug-related indicators into the current ICD-10-CM surveillance transition and validation work. We would like your assistance in helping to identify prospective applicants for this short-term project.


As you may know, on October 1, 2015, ICD-10-CM replaced ICD-9-CM for coding diagnoses in hospital discharge, emergency department, and outpatient records for reimbursement. This change in coding schemes will impact national and state-based injury and violence surveillance activities that use these records.


CSTE in partnership with NCIPC have begun ICD-10-CM implementation and evaluation efforts based on the Safe States Alliance’s ISW9 report, “The Transition from ICD-9-CM to ICD-10-CM: Guidance for analysis and reporting of injuries by mechanism and intent.” For the requested scope of work, we seek to initiate a parallel project examining the drug poisoning-specific indicators as they relate to the ICD-10-CM coding transition.


With appropriate stakeholder engagement from CSTE and CDC, the consultant would produce a report that includes the following:

  •  Summarized cross-jurisdictional results and feedback from the coordinated application of proposed drug poisoning-related indicators developed by CSTE and the CDC/Prevention for States (PfS) Program
    •  This task will require a preceding step to obtain the specific ICD-10-CM codes and describe the alignment and differences between the CSTE and CDC sets of proposed indicators
  •  Preliminary analysis and recommendations for the validation and functioning of the proposed drug poisoning-related indicators.


Required skills of the consultant to competently complete the intended scope of work include:

  •  Scientific experience related to injury or behavioral health surveillance, public health indicators, and/or applicable use of ICD-10-CM codes
  •  Ability to facilitate workgroup calls and engage in in-person meetings to perform work as needed
  •  Demonstrated leadership with state and local public health epidemiologists
  •  Preferred familiarity or willingness to work with CSTE membership.

The estimated time frame to complete this work is Feb 21, 2017 to June 30, 2017.


To apply for this opportunity, please submit a current resume/CV as well as a summary detailing your expertise in this field, your interest in this project, and your ability to complete the deliverables. Please email your application to by Friday, February 17, 2017.


Determination of Employment Status:

After the award notice is issued and prior to distribution of funds, CSTE will evaluate award recipients to determine eligibility as an independent contractor. Evaluation is conducted according to the criteria indicated in the US Internal Revenue Ruling 87-41 and the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). For information on what factors determine employment status, please see the US Department of Labor website on the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) at and additional information from the IRS at


If you have any questions, please contact Amy Patel at the CSTE National Office at or 770-458-8011.

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