A service line involves coordinating multidisciplinary services across the care continuum to provide services for a specific patient cohort. They typically focus on a specific type of patient or disease group and consider the location of service, ICD-10 procedure codes, diagnosis-related groups (DRGs), and other terminology related to financial coding.
Other variables used to define a service line are centered on population health, including demographics, social determinants of health, and other lifestyle factors. In this way, service lines can be defined both internally and externally based on operational and clinical factors.
Service lines also exist in specialty areas, including orthopedics, geriatrics, oncology, cardiology, chronic care management, and neurosciences.