The utilization of DRGs for the evaluation of hospital activity requires the availability, on a current basis, of coded in-patient records (Hospital Discharge Form, SDO) with information concerning nosology of the patient end procedures performed. Consequently, the promotion of a standardized use of ICD.9 and ICD.9.CM code systems (International Classification of Diseases, 9th Revision, and International Classification of Diseases, 9th Revision, Clinical Modification) among clinicians is necessary. The National Research Council, Council Research Hospital for Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery (CREAS- IFC-CNR) has promoted the establishment of a permanent work group for the evaluation of the activity in the field of pediatric cardiology and cardiosurgery at a national level. In co-operation with two leading institution (AO 'Bambino Gesu', Rome; AO 'G. Gaslini', Genoa) an in-patient survey has been promoted including an overall revision of the ICD.9.CM code systems both for diagnosis and procedures in order to improve the standardization of data. Besides, the fitness of DRGs allocation by different codes has been judged. Some general and specific suggestions upon codes adequacy and DRGs identification have emerged from this study. The aim of this paper is to spread this preliminary standardization activity of the group as a contribution to the improvement of in-patient coded records quality.
|Translated title of the contribution||Classification of congenital heart diseases, pediatric cardiological and cardiosurgical procedures for the standardization of in-patients coded records|
|Number of pages||14|
|Journal||Giornale Italiano di Cardiologia|
|Publication status||Published - Jul 1997|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine