TITLE

Diagnosis codes don't always aptly describe patients' conditions

AUTHOR(S)
Thompson, Cheryl A.
PUB. DATE
April 2012
SOURCE
American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy;4/1/2012, Vol. 69 Issue 7, p546
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article reports the issue of the use of diagnosis codes by hospitals for billing instead of providing good research data. A research conducted by Tobias Gerhard, a pharmacoepidemiologist, on medications for the mental health disorders treatment shows that Medicaid claims for less than 4 percent of people aged 6-24 years had a diagnosis code for obesity. He states that the only way to deal this issue is to have validation studies. Also included are the comments by Lee Vermeulen.
ACCESSION #
75505131

 

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