20 proposed billing codes for nonmedical health needs

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The American Medical Association and UnitedHealthcare said they are collaborating to support 20 new ICD-10 codes related to social determinants of health.

The codes aim to more effectively address nonmedical issues, such as food, housing, transportation and the ability to afford medicine, utilities and other services. 

The proposal for the codes was submitted to the ICD-10 Coordination and Maintenance Committee, which includes members from the CDC and CMS. If federal officials approve the proposed codes, they would apply beginning Oct. 1, 2020, according to the AMA .

The proposed codes are:

 

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