A key advisory committee recommended changes to enable the standard health insurance claim form to record the identifying codes for implanted medical devices - something long sought by hospitals, providers, health plans, and patient organizations. The X12 committee, made up of hospital and health plan billing administrators, proposed the revisions to the routine claims forms that hospitals submit to
If the recommendation is fully implemented, the resulting data would help the
Millions of devices are implanted in
Insurance claims forms feed information into a range of databases, which can be used to evaluate the safety of pharmaceuticals and to study many other aspects of healthcare. However, these resources presently lack key data on medical device brands and models.
The committee's recommendation is a critical first step, but many more remain to be taken before the changes can be implemented. X12 must finalize its recommendations, which will then be reviewed by other advisory committees and eventually presented to the
The health insurance claims form is updated infrequently - the last changes took place in 2012, and the new proposed modifications from X12 may not be fully implemented until about 2021. Missing this window to update the form could delay the addition of device codes and the collection of better patient safety data for a decade or more.
Given the urgency of this change, members of