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Keeping Up With COVID-19

Posted on 03/25/20 | Comments

New COVID-19 Related Codes Now Available

With the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus, the world is hyper-focused, as it should be, on the caregivers and the population of patients contracting the virus.  However, we must also keep in mind the need for clear and concise documentation regarding the diagnosis, testing, and tracking of the spread of the virus.

There are hundreds of medical terminologies that document every step of the health care process through admission, testing, treatment, discharge, and billing.  So when there is a large health event or worldwide pandemic, like COVID-19, it requires quick changes and updates to those terminology sets.  This is required to ensure that health care providers have the ability to accurately document, track, and treat their patients in a timely fashion. 

For the benefit of healthcare organizations looking to understand what’s changed and how to manage this pandemic, I’ve taken the opportunity to summarize changes to the billing and coding sets, their effective dates, provided links to the various standards bodies, and summarized how these codes will benefit clinicians who are tasked with documenting the COVID-19 condition at the point-of-care.

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Topics: ICD-10, Standard terminologies, LOINC, SNOMED CT, standards, COVID-19, Coronavirus

SNOMED CT: Why it matters to you

Posted on 08/03/16 | Comments

In Part One of our Terminology Standards blog series, we introduced the goal of using industry standards to achieve semantic interoperability and promote better information sharing. The second blog tackled coding and billing standards. This third installment describes the importance of SNOMED CT as the foundation for standardizing clinical content in EHRs.

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Topics: SNOMED, data normalization, interoperability, SNOMED CT, standards