5 things to know: IMO’s December clinical terminology release

IMO updates its clinical terminology six times a year, ensuring each Regulatory release is as smooth as possible for clients. Here are some recent highlights.
December Clinical Terminology Release

Grounded in industry-leading clinical terminology, IMO’s solutions are integral to the function of electronic health records (EHRs) throughout the country. And a major reason why 89% of US physicians, nurses, and PAs have relied on our solutions year after year is our commitment to continuously updating our terminology content so it is always current, accurate, and easy to integrate.

Want to know more about what to expect in our latest terminology release? Here are 5 highlights:

  1. IMO is awaiting the release of the new Hierarchical Condition Categories (HCCs) from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), which is typically delivered in November. Once CMS formally releases its new list of HCCs, IMO will send out an update to the December terminology portal release. The initial version of the December release reflects changes to the 15 HCC codes that are no longer active as of October 1, 2022.
  2. This release contains additions to reflect the SNOMED® International content from the July 31, 2022, update. Additionally, we have added content from the September 1, 2022, SNOMED CT® changes. These include conceptual representations for several new codes that SNOMED added to better capture social determinants of health.
  3. IMO’s code maps for major and mild neurocognitive disorders were updated in this release. These maps now align ICD-10-CM code updates with those from the supplement to the DSM-5-TR published in September 2022. Other content changes include unique ICD-10-CM codes identifying severity, along with new specifiers for behavioral and psychological disturbances.
  4. To further support reporting requirements for long term care provider organizations, IMO has added support in our Core Problem stream and search. This relates specifically to the non-therapy ancillary (NTA) points value assigned by CMS as part of the Patient Driven Payment Model (PDPM).
  5. This release also includes updates related to our ongoing review and commitment to providing fair and equitable terminology. Specifically, terms describing conditions based on a world region will now be explained with more specific and official language. Additionally, terms mentioning “hysteria” or “hysterical” were replaced.

For more on how IMO’s terminology plays a foundational role in EHRs, check out our industry-leading solution, IMO Core here.

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