LOINC Codes. The New Standard Code Set for Lab Results and Reporting?

Those of us who have been working on ICD-10 (very painful—-oops, Freudian slip) implementations know CMS mandates the use of standard code sets on HIPAA-covered transactions by HIPAA-covered entities.

What about LOINC code?  Do you even know what this is?

It appears we are getting one step closer to CMS mandating the use of LOINC codes on lab related transactions.

Are we in for an ICD-10 related kind of implementation?  How much of a change is it for those impacted?

 

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