CMS releases new infographic on Z codes and SDOH


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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released a new infographic containing information regarding Z codes and social determinants of health (SDOH).

The infographic comes on the heels of CMS’ new SDOH rules released in early August and, is meant to “assist providers with understanding and using SDOH terminology in their documentation that will allow for greater alignment for ICD-10-CM Z code capture.”

The first page of the infographic provides the fundamentals of Z codes and SDOH in a flowchart. Each bullet or ‘stop’ on the flowchart’s path is punctuated by key questions and answers, and/or topics and descriptions, such as: “what are Z codes,” “what are SDOH and why collect them,” “using Z codes for SDOH,” and “ICD-10-CM Z codes updates.”

On the second page of the infographic, there is a bulleted list of recently added SDOH code categories, as well as the new codes that were issued this past August.


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