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March 28, 2013 8:27 am

Administrative Data Quality-With the implementation of the electronic medical records comes opportunity for improving data quality. It is time for the DHHS to require all medical organizations that are reimbursed under Medicare that submits medical data to have at least one certified medical coder on staff to help maintain the quality of our administrative data.

Administrative diagnostic and procedural data is important to setting population health targets; it influences how the finite dollars of public and private health research is distributed and affects vital health research and processes, to say nothing about medical service reimbursement.

With the implementation of ICD-10-CM/PCS the complexity of the data has increased. It is time for a mandate for certified medical coders. This… more »

…would be similar to what happened with the implementation of the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Act. There was significant improvement in laboratory results due to the mandated quality assurance requirements.

The general Federal Sentencing Guidelines is no longer substantial enough for maintaining our national health information systems databases, which are derived from the providers of care. We need more detailed regulatory mandates and higher medical coding standards.
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March 28, 2013 11:32 am

Welcome to Planning Room, madelinemeyer3, and thank you for your comment. Both quality of data and identification of which data is most valuable to providers and patients are important parts of ONC’s plan. You can comment more on those specific issues here.

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