Journal of AHIMA: Reading Up on LOINC

Logical Observation Identifiers Names and Codes (LOINC) are a key component of electronic health records (EHRs) and work in concert with other clinical vocabularies in a variety of healthcare applications. AAPC’s Patricia S. Wilson, RT(R), CPC, PMP, recently published an article with Amy Sheide, RN, BSN, MPH, in the Journal of AHIMA, in which they expound on what medical coders need to know regarding LOINC.

“Although a coder probably will never see or ‘code’ with an actual LOINC code, it provides meaning to the information a coder uses every day,” the authors explain. “As a health records coder or other coding-related professional, understanding the purpose and use of LOINC adds value as organizations manage their electronic health data.

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