Applying data governance strategies can help healthcare facilities capture and use social determinants of health (SDOH) data, and a key part of that process is appropriate coding, according to an American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) white paper.
“When it comes to revenue cycle, I think what it comes down to is quality,” Julie A. Pursley, MSHI, RHIA, CHDA, FAHIMA, AHIMA’s director of health information thought leadership and white paper co-author, tells HealthLeaders. “We still want to focus on quality documentation, and quality documentation leads to better coding and just better data overall.”
The white paper, “Social Determinants of Health: Improving Capture and Use by Applying Data Governance Strategies,” identifies opportunities and challenges for organizations that want to go beyond simply collecting SDOH data and instead use it to affect change. It details how healthcare organizations can assure the availability, integrity, security, and usability of SDOH data.