Title

Sarcopenia and the New ICD-10-CM Code: Screening, Staging, and Diagnosis Considerations

Document Type

Journal Article

Study Type

systematicreview

Publication Date

7-9-2017

Journal

Federal Practitioner

Volume

34

Issue

7

Inclusive Pages

24-32

Keywords

sarcopenia; screening; Federal hosptials; geriatrics; diagnosis; assessment; body composition; muscle

Abstract

The CDC recently recognized sarcopenia as a reportable medical condition necessitating better screening and diagnosis of this geriatric syndrome. The purpose of this work is to inform practitioners how sarcopenia screening is aided by the new ICD-10-CM code and briefly review recent VA initiatives for proactive care. Additional objectives include identifying common methods used to assess sarcopenia and providing general recommendations to the VHA National Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (NCP) concerning the management of sarcopenia. Broad guidance from NCP may encourage veterans to pursue selected screening tests, promote the appropriate use of preventative services, and facilitate timely treatment when needed.

Peer Reviewed

1

Open Access

1