Documenting Homelessness Throughout the Health Care System

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This policy brief provides a rationale for using the ICD-10-CM code Z59.0 for homelessness, outlines the challenges to maximizing this code, and offers strategies to consider to ensure health care providers ask about homelessness and record patients’ housing status. This data is highly relevant to clinicians and administrators at health centers, hospitals, state Medicaid systems, Medicaid managed care organizations, and public health departments.