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Tips and how-to articles from the 3M HDD team about various standard and local terminologies.

The six attributes of a LOINC code are component, property, timing, system, scale and method.

Keeping up with the Standards

Chances are, whatever medical department you work in there are terminology standards with regularly scheduled updates.
You’ve heard the saying that “anything is possible”. Whether you fully buy into this adage or not – this may actually make terminology work difficult.
The FY2020 ICD-10-CM (version 37) will come into effect October 1, 2019. Most of the changes involve adding specificity to existing FY2019 codes
Staying ahead of the curve: latest LOINC release changes
Where does a drug concept in RxNorm go when it becomes obsolete or is no longer available on the U.S. market?
When a new LOINC version is released, The Eagles song ‘Life in the Fast Lane’ always comes to mind.

Increase your LOINC mapping in 2019

The latest release of LOINC (v2.65 Dec 2018) has a few laboratory updates for which you’ll want to check your existing mapping, and it’ll be great to get them done before the next release, anticipated for June 2019.
The challenge in mapping Anatomic Pathology (AP) reports to LOINC comes from interpreting the narrative nature of the AP information system fields that comprise a report and determining component and property attributes in LOINC.

What is a HCPCS level II code?

The Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) was established by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in 1983. HCPCS used to stand for HCFA Common Procedure Coding System when CMS used to be the Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA) prior to June 14, 2001.