Data Element

Information from the submission form

Reason for referral
Description
An explanation or justification for why this service is being requested in coded or textual form. This is often for billing purposes.

Comment

Unified Comment from CDC

  • Referral data elements, such as reason, requestor, and coverage, are important to support CDC’s efforts in streamlining the efficient exchange of health information between healthcare providers and principally extra-clinical program service systems that reside in community services, lifestyle change, public health, and other organizations. These data elements play a major role in identifying appropriate services based on the patient’s health needs and aid in ensuring appropriate parties involved in the overall health and wellbeing of the patient are receiving information regarding the patient intake outcome, referral service provisioning, and final referral outcome. The referral data elements are also useful to understand how often patients are referred to specialist for occupational illnesses.  
  • Support for healthcare aims:  Also supports Improving health of populations and Reducing cost of care, Improving provider experience of care.  
  • Additional Technical Specification: Bidirectional Services eReferrals (BSeR) FHIR Implementation Guide

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