Diagnosis codes don't always aptly describe patients' conditions

Thompson, Cheryl A.
April 2012
American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy;4/1/2012, Vol. 69 Issue 7, p546
Academic Journal
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.


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