Are VHA administrative location codes valid indicators of specialty substance use disorder treatment?
Article Type: Brief article
Subject: Medical care (Quality management)
Medical care (Management)
Substance abuse (Care and treatment)
Substance abuse (Health aspects)
Substance abuse (Patient outcomes)
Author: Harris, Alex H.S.
Pub Date: 12/30/2010
Publication: Name: Journal of Rehabilitation Research & Development Publisher: Department of Veterans Affairs Audience: Academic Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2010 Department of Veterans Affairs ISSN: 0748-7711
Issue: Date: Dec 30, 2010 Source Volume: 47 Source Issue: 8
Topic: Event Code: 200 Management dynamics Computer Subject: Company business management
Product: Product Code: 8000143 Alcohol & Drug Abuse Programs NAICS Code: 62142 Outpatient Mental Health and Substance Abuse Centers SIC Code: 8093 Specialty outpatient clinics, not elsewhere classified
Geographic: Geographic Scope: United States Geographic Code: 1USA United States
Accession Number: 246450385
Full Text: Healthcare quality managers and researchers often need to identify specific healthcare events from administrative data. We examined whether Veterans Health Administration clinic stop and bed section codes were reliable indicators of substance use disorder (SUD) treatment as documented in clinical progress notes. We found that SUD residential and inpatient bed section codes can be used to identify SUD treatment from administrative data but that outpatient SUD clinic stop codes need to be paired with diagnosis and procedure codes in order to accurately identify SUD-focused treatment visits. These results can be applied to improve the validity of research and quality measurement.

Alex H. S. Harris, PhD, et al.
Locations    Clinic         SUD Individual Session (513)
             Stops          SUD Home Visit (514)
             (Outpatient)   SUD/PTSD(519) Intensive SUD Treatment (547)
                            SUD Group Session (560)
                            SUD Telephone (545)

             Bed Sections   SUD Residential Rehabilitation (27)
             (Inpatient)    High-Intensity SUD Treatment Program (74)
                            SUD Domiciliary (86)

SUD                         291-292, 303-394, 305.0, 305.2-305.9,
Diagnoses                   535.3, 571.1

Mental                      90801-90802, 90804-90315,90826-90329,
Health                      90845, 90847, 90849, 90853, 90857, 90862,
Related                     90870-90871,90875-90876,99201-99205,
Procedures                  99211-99215, 99217-99220,99241-99245,
(CPT)                       99341-99345, 99347-99350,99385-99387,
                            99395-99397, 99401-99404,99420
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