A presidential advisory board called for a cost-benefit study on the use of Snomed Clinical Terms for classifying medical observations and codes as an alternative to replacing the current ICD-9-CM system with its ICD-10-CM successors. The proposal tops a list of draft recommendations from the healthcare subcommittee of the President's Information Technology Advisory Committee. The draft recommendations also back a cost-benefit analysis of a national health infrastructure; differential Medicare payments to encourage use of electronic transactions and electronic medical records; increased federal support for regional connectivity; and a single set of clinical and technical standards for federal electronic medical records. Read the draft recommendations -- by Modern Physician/MP Stat
Panel urges study of alternative medical code sets
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