I am working with THEMIS focus group #1 on Provider Specialty code set clean up. I’d like community input on the follow suggestions regarding issues with the Provider table and the standard concepts for Provider Specialty:
- The Provider Specialty code sets (NUCC, ABMS, HES Specialty, Specialty-CMS) have not been updated in
- There are the same/similar provider specialties with standard_concept = S in different vocabularies. An example:
- Clinician title/cerfification/level (i.e. MD, PA, NP, EMT, etc.) is not represented in the Provider table.
I suggest the following:
Update the vocabularies. @Christian_Reich said that is possible.
Create a trump order for standard codes based on the vocabulary. The trump order for vocabularies should start with NUCC. If NUCC doesn’t not have a needed Provider Specialty code, then we could look to one of the other Provider Specialty code sets for the necessary code. The NUCC code set has the most granular codes.