Application: The Systematized Nomenclature of Medicine Clinical Terms, Current Procedural Terminology, and the Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System
Standards for the representation of health information can originate from an organization’s desire to capture clinical information in a way that is useable for a specific functional purpose, with the organization subsequently designing and developing a proprietary standardized system to address this particular informational need.
To prepare for this Application Assignment, review the perspectives presented in this week’s Learning Resources on three commonly used clinical standards for health information-the Systematized Nomenclature of Medicine Clinical Terms (SNOMED CT®), Current Procedural Terminology (CPT®), and the Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS).
To complete this Application Assignment, write a 2- to 3-page paper that describes the respective history, purpose, and use of the SNOMED CT®, CPT®, and HCPCS systems.
As you detail the particulars of each system, be sure to identify which organization has played a key role in its development and maintenance, what type of health information it was developed to represent, how the represented information is structured, and in what context the represented information is used.
• Article: American Medical Association. (n.d.). CPT® (Current procedural terminology). https://www.ama-assn.org/amaone/cpt-current-procedural-terminology
• Article:Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.HCPCS – General information. (2020, September 17). https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Coding/MedHCPCSGenInfo
• Article:National Library of Medicine. (n.d.).SNOMED Clinical Terms® (SNOMED CT®). https://www.nlm.nih.gov/research/umls/Snomed/snomed_main_old.html
• Article: Giannangelo, K., & Fenton, S. (2008). SNOMED CT survey: An assessment of implementation in EMR/EHR applications. Perspectives in Health Information Management, 5(7), 1-13.
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This article explains how SNOMED CT® embedded in EHR systems can work behind the scenes to support the encoding of discrete clinical information in a meaningful way.
• Article: Wei, D., Wang, Y., Perl, Y., Xu, J., Halper, M., & Spackman, K. A. (2008). Complexity measures to track the evolution of a SNOMED hierarchy. Retrieved from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2655969/pdf/amia-0778-s2008.pdf