CMS report: Z codes underused


ICD-10 Z codes are useful for identifying and tracking Medicare beneficiaries' social determinants of health, but a CMS report says Z codes were reported for only 1.59% of beneficiaries in 2019. Any member of a care team can collect SDOH data for mapping to Z codes, billing and coding systems can help ensure the appropriate codes are assigned, and analyzing and reporting the data can yield insights that improve care quality, coordination and outcomes, the CMS says.

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