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

In 1970, the (AMA) American Medical Association (AMA) implemented a five-digit code structure (00100-99607) for its Current Procedural Terminology (CPT). However, the codes are not meaningless, random numbers; each section and subsection of CPT are restricted to a subset of the codes, and “grouped” or related appropriately. The nuances of these groupings and special cases are described in this article.
The ampersand character (&) used in normal everyday grammar is shorthand for the word and or in Latin “et”.

SNOMED CT Browser Hacks

Who doesn’t love a good hack to make your life easier? We’ve published tips of the month regarding the SNOMED CT terminology (Hierarchy & Structure and Using the Correct Domain) but here are some hacks for the SNOMED International SNOMED CT browser to help you get to what you need.
Many organizations map between different US procedure coding systems (CPT®, ICD-9-CM, ICD-10-PCS) for multiple use cases.
When mapping a drug from your local formulary to RxNorm, you may come across two different RxNorm drug concepts with the same ingredient, strength, form and route.
By now, you may have come across sex and gender being treated as two separate concepts, which sometimes results in confusion and overlap in how they are used to encode data in healthcare, especially if the two domains appear to share the same members (e.g., male and female in both value sets).

What’s new for the 2018 ICD-10-CM

The fiscal year 2018 edition (effective October 1st, 2017) has fewer changes than the previous year’s update, but the revisions are useful and highly anticipated. Here are the highlights:

Working with UCUM

UCUM stands for Unified Code for Units of Measure.
Mapping between the code systems of different countries: A case study – CCI to ICD-10-PCS.

Many ‘Flavors’ of ICD

The acronym of ‘ICD’ means ‘International Classification of Diseases’ of the World Health Organization (WHO).