Dentists face a diagnostic coding conundrum

It appears that dentists may have a diagnostic coding conundrum on their hands. According to a recent EHR Intelligence article, one academic workgroup has created a coding set, known as EZCodes Dental Diagnostic Terminology, a set of terms that describe dental abnormalities in a similar manner to ICD-10; 17 dental schools are piloting the codes. The American Dental Association, however, is working on a subdivision of SNOMED, known as SNODENT (Systemized Nomenclature of Dentistry), which will be more robust but has yet to be released in any capacity, despite an original release date of January 2000. Dentists who want to adopt a code set sooner essentially are stuck in limbo while the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services decides which set it ultimately will choose as its standard.

"Right now, dentists are unsure which way to turn, knowing that the wrong choice will leave them investing in equipment, education and software that will be rendered obsolete if HHS chooses the competing standard," the article states. Article

Suggested Articles

When KLAS Research asked more than 300 healthcare leaders to identify the most disruptive company in healthcare, one tech giant was top of mind.

People are demanding free and secure access to their complete health record now. Upcoming federal data-sharing rules will help make that a reality.

A healthcare nonprofit wants to build a “moonshot factory” to bring data science and precision health to remote villages in the developing world.