purely an academic exercise, finding the correct codes to cover a patient's diagnosis or procedure is simply a way to organize data into a simpler form.
the more practical function. It's the act of using those medical codes to charge an insurance company for a service.
HCPCS - Level I
The American Medical Association's Current Procedural Terminology Manual (CPT). includes all the codes you'll need for coding any medical service, treatment, or procedure doctors and their staff members provide to their patients
HCPCS - Level II
The National Coding Manual - devised by the federal government, are alphanumeric and supplement the CPT manual by providing codes for other services and equipment, like ambulance services and prosthetic devices
essential for the accruate tranmission of procedures and diagnosis data between health care providers and the many insurance companies
What form lists all the conditions and treatments that a particular type of medical practice sees most often?
Together, what do all the different types of medical codes on a claim form tell the insurance company?
A complete story about one particular doctor-patient encounter.
When did medical insurance companies begin offering medical plans that would cover the costs of routine, preventive, and emergency health care procedures?
After World War II
What's the big difference between the ICD-9-CM and the CPT manual?
The ICD-9-CM is for finding the code for the patient's problem, and the CPT manual is for finding the code for the doctor's solution.
What is the difference between the ICD-9-CM Hospital Edition and the ICD-9-CM Physician Edition?
The Hospital Edition includes all three volumes, while the Physician Edition only includes the first two volumes.
Under what circumstances can someone reveal information from a patient's medical records without the patient's authorization?
When all information that would identify the patient has been deleted, as when a doctor writes a paper about a condition.
How are coding and billing different?
Coding is a purely academic exercise—it's just a way to organize medical data.
Which of the six sections that make up the CPT manual's main tabular portion (the front half of the book) is the largest?
The Surgery section
In which subsection of the CPT manual will you find the procedure codes for a simple, complete mastectomy?
Surgery: The Female Genital System