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How Code Groups are the Building Blocks of Important Health IT Initiatives

Posted on 12/29/14 | Comments

Code groups (also known as value sets ) are codes and terms taken from standard terminologies which are used to define clinical concepts.

In essence, code groups are collections of codes that represent such ideas as a category of drugs or a reportable disease. For example, a health system could group together all of the ICD-9, ICD-10, SNOMED-CT and RxNorm codes that could indicate patients with diabetes. In this case, “patients with diabetes” is the clinical concept defined by the code group.

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Topics: Meaningful use requirements, code groups, value sets

Three Considerations When Mapping Your Lab Catalogue

Posted on 06/03/13 | Comments

Logical Observation Identifiers Names and Codes (LOINC®) has been named as a standard in both Stage One and Stage Two Meaningful Use.  Earlier posts have discussed the utility and importance of LOINC as a standard.  LOINC has been used sporadically by some organizations, but full use of LOINC is coming into its own. 

As with the journey of a thousand miles, taking that first step on the catalog mapping project is truly the hardest part. To make your journey a bit easier, here are three first steps to consider: 

  • Do you understand LOINC?
  • Do you understand data?
  • What are the right resources and tools to use?
1.     Understanding LOINC

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Topics: Meaningful use, LOINC, Meaningful use stage 2, Meaningful use requirements, Coding Challenges, lab cataloguing

LOINC and Meaningful Use

Posted on 02/12/13 | Comments

Under the terms of the Health Information Technology (HITECH) Act, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will provide incentive payments to health care providers who adopt certified electronic health record technology and use it to demonstrate meaningful use of that technology.

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Topics: Standard terminologies, Medical vocabulary, LOINC, Meaningful use stage 2, Meaningful use requirements