Where can we get a 2.40 download?

The standards for Meaningful Use Stage 2 currently require using LOINC release 2.40. However, 2.42 has been released. We have searched the loinc.org website and do not find a download. So the question is…how do we get a 2.40 download?

Thank you.

Maggie Wright

Sr. Business Analyst - Laboratory

McKesson Corporation

Hi Maggie,

The federal regulations list LOINC v2.40 as the minimum data set. It is my understanding the more current releases are also appropriate.

From pg 8 of the ONC Final Rule:

“We proposed the use of version 2.38 of

LOINC®, but have adopted version 2.40.

We proposed the use of the February

2012 monthly version of RxNorm, but

have adopted the August 2012 monthly

version of RxNorm. We proposed the

use of the August 15, 2011 version of

CVX code sets, but have adopted the

updated through July 11, 2012 version.

In all these instances, we have found

that the newer versions improve

interoperability and EHR technology

implementation, support MU, and do

not create additional substantive

requirements in comparison to the

proposed versions of these vocabulary

standards. Further, the adoption of these

versions establishes the baseline in the

CFR with the most recent versions of

these vocabulary standards that is

possible. Second, we have also

established an approach that permits the

use of newer versions of these standards

than the one adopted in the CFR. We

refer readers to section IV.B for a

discussion of ‘‘minimum standards’’

code sets and our new more flexible

approach for their use in certification

and upgrading certified Complete EHRs

and certified EHR Modules. Readers

should also review § 170.555, which

specifies the certification processes for

‘‘minimum standards’’ code sets.”

Hope this helps.