HIM1222C Conventions used in the Tabular List


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Not Otherwise Specified. Equivalent to Unspecified. This abbreviation refers to a lack of sufficient detail in the statement of diagnosis to be able to assign it to a more specific sub division within the classification
Not Elsewhere classified. Used with ill-defined terms to alert the coder that a specified form of the condition is classified differently. The category number for the term including NEC is to be used only when the coders lacks the information necessary to code the term to a more specific category.
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Parenthesis are used to enclose supplementary words that may be present or absent in a statement of disease without affecting the code assignment,
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Square Brackets are used to enclose synonyms, alternate wording or explanatory phases
Colons are used after an incomplete phase of term that requires one or more of the modifiers indented under it to make it assignable to s given category. EXCEPTION: to this rule pertains to the abbreviation NOS
Bold type face is used for all codes that titles in the tabular list
italicized type face is used to all exclusion notes and to identify those rubrics that are not to be used for primary tabulations of disease.
ICD-9-CM uses an indented format for ease in reference.