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U.S. National Library of Medicine Releases Draft SNOMED CT to ICD-9-CM Rules-Based Map to Support Reimbursement
Date:11/17/2009

Map Available Now—NLM Seeks Users to Test, Evaluate

Bethesda, Md. and Northfield, Ill. (Vocus) November 17, 2009 -- The U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM) has released a draft rules-based mapping from SNOMED Clinical Terms® (SNOMED CT®) to the International Classification of Diseases, 9th revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-9-CM). The map was designed to support semi-automated administrative reporting and reimbursement for healthcare services within U.S. healthcare organizations. The NLM seeks users to “test drive” and provide feedback for the map—which will guide the development of related maps.

The draft map consists of approximately 5,000 mappings representing the SNOMED CT terms most commonly used by Kaiser Permanente and the University of Nebraska. It is designed to support administrative reporting and reimbursement processes originating with data sets where SNOMED CT is the core terminology for clinical descriptive purposes. It provides a validated concept-based mapping to ICD-9-CM, recognizing that in some selected cases, further processing of ICD-9-CM codes may be required for specialized business applications.

Users can evaluate and test the map now by downloading it from the NLM Web site at http://www.nlm.nih.gov/research/umls/mapping_projects/snomedct_to_icd9cm_reimburse.html.
Starting December 1, 2009, through February 1, 2010, users will be able to provide feedback to the NLM and CAP STS. More details about the feedback process will be posted on the same Web page by December 1, 2009.

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