HIPAA Uniform Codes Analysis

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To lay the groundwork for portability, this rule set standardized codes and formats for the interchange of medical data and for administrative purposes. HIPAA mandates two types of codes for the transfer of data. First and most importantly, uniform codes are needed to describe diseases and injuries, describe the causes of the diseases and injuries, and to describe the preventions and treatments used. Secondly, there are smaller sets of codes for many administrative purposes—for describing ethnicity, the type of facility or the type of unit where care was performed. As much as possible, the major codes have been chosen based on code sets that are already in use, known as "legacy

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