On January 7, 2019 UnitedHealthcare (UHC) announced an initiative to expand its efforts to identify consumers who have non-medical needs considered social determinants of health. In a memo to its provider organization network UHC asked them to consider using a set of non-diagnostic codes in the International Classification of Disease, Tenth Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-10-CM) called Z-codes, in categories Z55 to Z65, to capture information about the consumer’s reasons for a health care visit that further explain the need for the services. These codes identify people with potential health hazards related to their socioeconomic . . .
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