Our webinar briefing will educate attendees on how Z codes can help improve patient care and increase health equity. Z codes are a recent addition to healthcare diagnostic codes. They enable clinicians to document a patient’s social needs that impact their health.
Z codes have the potential to improve care and help patients address social determinants of health. But the codes are little used, and few people in healthcare, public health, or patient communities are familiar with them.
This briefing will cover the basics of Z codes and how they can bring social determinants of care out of the shadows into mainstream healthcare.
Alan Balch, PhD, Chief Executive Officer, Patient Advocate Foundation & National Patient Advocate Foundation
Dr. Balch has nearly fifteen years of executive leadership in the non-profit sector with an emphasis on consensus-building and collaboration. He has led numerous federal advocacy efforts on a range of issues both at the legislative and regulatory level over the years. He became the CEO of both PAF and NPAF in 2013. From 2006 – 2013, he served as the Vice President of the Preventive Health Partnership — a national health promotion collaboration between the American Cancer Society, American Diabetes Association, and American Heart Association. Prior to his work with the Preventive Health Partnership, Dr. Balch was the Executive Director of Friends of Cancer Research. Dr. Balch has served on the Executive Board of the Patient Advocate Foundation and National Patient Advocate Foundation since 2007. Dr. Balch also serves on numerous advisory boards and committees.
Julia Resnick, Senior Program Manager for Strategic Initiatives, American Hospital Association
Julia Resnick is senior program manager for strategic initiatives at the American Hospital Association. In this role, she supports AHA’s efforts to guide hospitals as they promote value by implementing strategies that improve quality, enhance the patient experience and decrease cost. She also leads the organization’s work on the social determinants of health. Formerly, Julia led AHA’s Association for Community Health Improvement, a professional membership group for community health leaders. Prior to joining AHA, Julia worked in clinical research at NorthShore University HealthSystem. She received a Master of Public Health degree from Hebrew University and a BA in sociology from Bates College.
Katlyn Sollenberger, Site Specialist, The Rinehart Clinic, Wheeler, OR
Katy Sollenberger is the EPIC Site Specialist at the Rinehart Clinic. In this role, she works closely with the Quality Director and Outreach and Enrollment Navigator to develop workflows around social determinates of health screenings and data tracking. During this process, they implemented the use of Z-codes to help compile data on social determinates of health at the population level. By working with the medical team, they were able to overcome obstacles around conducting and documenting social determinates of health screenings and the implementation of Z-codes.
Before her role at the Rinehart Clinic, Katy attended Portland State University where she received her bachelor’s degree in business administration. Using her education in business research and analytics, she helped quantify and explain the data from reports to help develop a better understanding of the metrics and how they can play a role in health care.
Proposed New Codes for SDOH Z Codes
2021 ICD-10-CM from CMS
Z Codes Infographic from CMS
Kaiser Permanente Infographic on Z Codes
American Hospital Association ICD-10-CM Coding for Social Determinants of Health