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Changes in the Danish Health Care Classification System in October 2022
In mid-September 2022, the Danish Health Data Agency (Sundhedsdatastyrelsen) published an update of the Health Care Classification System (Sundheds-væsenets Klassifikations System, SKS). The most significant changes include: four new diagnosis codes, 14 procedure codes, and 46 additional codes (Tillægskoder) were added. Examples of the most significant changes are provided below.
Some examples of the newly added codes in the surgical procedures field are listed below:
- KJAL06 “Removal of foreign body in the abdominal wall without laparotomy”;
- KPJD44A “Excision of iliac sentinel node”;
- KPJD63A “Laparoscopic excision of para-aortic sentinel node”.
Some examples of the newly added codes in other fields are listed below:
- ZZV020L “Assessment with heart diet chart”;
- ZZV020R “Assessment with the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS)”;
- BIKE1 “Education in inflammatory bowel disease”.
The Danish Health Data Agency updates the Health Care Classification System quarterly. It publishes the results on its website two weeks before the implementation, while the files with the changes are sent to the hospital systems.
The adjustments are subdivided into major and minor changes. Minor changes are mostly text updates, which do not change the meaning of the term and do not require code closure. The changes are considered major if associated with implementing a new code or code closure.
The full details in Danish can be found here.
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