Using Z codes to improve health equity

April 26, 2023 10 - 11 a.m. CT


As hospitals and health systems continue their work on health equity, data are critical to inform hospitals and guide their efforts to improve patient and community health. Hospitals and health systems can use ICD-10-CM Z codes to identify health-related social needs. Current Z codes pertain to issues relating to a patient’s socioeconomic situation, education and literacy, employment, housing, access to adequate food or water, and occupational risk factors. This webinar will cover the official coding guidelines that affect these codes, their application to health equity initiatives, and the important role Z codes can play in promoting health equity.


At the conclusion of this session, participants should be able to:

  • Define what Z codes are and why they matter
  • Discuss how Z codes can help identify community health trends and guide community partnerships.
  • Examine how Z codes can fit into a hospital’s health equity plan


Dr. Shawn Rossi serves as the vice president of communication and member engagement for the Mississippi Hospital Association, where she has served for over 20 years. She is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and holds a doctorate in health administration from the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Dr. Rossi’s research focuses on community health improvement, investment, and collaboration.​

Recommended to attend

Staff contributing to meeting CMS health equity requirements including, but not limited to, CEOs, CFOs, quality and performance improvement, health information management, revenue cycle, and community health improvement.

Continuing Education

This program has been designed to meet the Minnesota Board of Nursing continuing education requirements for a total of one contact hour.

Nursing Home Administrators: The content of this conference is being reviewed by the Board of Examiners for Nursing Home Administrators for clock hours. The quantitative value assigned will be indicated on the certificate of attendance awarded to participants who attend sessions.


  • $55 per person for MHA member hospital and health systems.
  • $70 per person for MHA associate members.
  • $80 per person for non-MHA members.

Registration deadline

Please register by 9 a.m. CT on the day before the webinar to ensure timely delivery of access instructions.

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When and Where
  • 4/26/2023 10:00 AM CDT
  • 4/26/2023 11:00 AM CDT
  • Zoom Webinar