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Five Easy Steps to Locating Diagnosis Codes
Step 1. Identify the Main Term
Step 2. Look Up the Main Term in the Alphabetic Index
Step 3. Scan the Subterms for Specificity
Step 4. Follow Any Cross References in the Alphabetic Index
Step 5. Verify the Code in the Tabular List
- חמישה צעדים קלים קודי אבחון ואיתור
שלב 1 לזהות את המונח המרכזי
שלב 2 לבדוק את המושג העיקרי במדד אלפביתי
עבור סגוליות subterms שלב 3 לסרוק את
שלב 4 לעקוב אחר כל הפניות צולבות במדד אלפביתי
שלב 5 לאמת את הקוד ברשימה טבלאי
Words that appear in parentheses after a main term in the Alphabetic Index.
These terms may or may not be included in the diagnosis.
No impact on the code assignment.
Punctuation Marks  as used in ICD 9-CM
Brackets used to enclose synonyms, alternate words, or explanatory phrases
Punctuation Marks ( ) as used in ICD 9-CM
Parentheses enclose supplementary words (nonessential modifiers) which may or may not
be present in the diagnosis.
Punctuation Marks : as used in ICD 9-CM
A colon follows an incomplete term that needs one or more of the modifiers that follows
it in order to make the diagnosis assignable to the category
In the "Code on Dental Procedures and Nomenclature" what is the meaning of a "●" (Bullet)?
Indicates that the code is new to the revision of CDT.
In the "Code on Dental Procedures and Nomenclature" what is the meaning of a "▲" (Triangle)?
Indicates that the code has been revised.
What organization maintains HCPCS Level II?
HCPCS Level __ is maintained by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)
What does the abbreviation CPT stand for?
The abbreviation for Current Procedural Terminology is___.
How many sections in the CPT code system
Add-on CPT codes are identified by a _a__ preceding the code. Add-on procedures
are always _b_ procedures that should _c_be reported alone. Unlike most secondary
procedures, add-ons _d_ (do/do not) require modifier -51 (Multiple Procedures). In addition to the
symbol, all add-ons include the statement (List separately in addition to code for primary
a)plus sign (+)
CPT codes that include moderate (conscious) sedation are identified by a _____ symbol
preceding the code.
bullet symbol preceding the code identifies a CPT code that includes _________.
CPT code ______ are to be used when specific circumstances occur and the circumstance is not indicated in the procedure code.
Coordination of Benefits (COB
Minors Covered by Both Parents-Birthday rule
Minors Covered by Both Parents-Gender rule
The out-of-pocket expense that must be paid at the beginning of the policy year
before the insurance will begin to provide coverage.
Normally seen in indemnity plans or fee-for-service plans. It is the percentage of the bill for which the patient will be responsible.
An out-of-pocket expense that must be paid at every healthcare encounter. Commonly seen in managed care plans.
A frequency clause places limits on the number of services covered within a specified period of time.
This policy clause places an annual maximum dollar amount for which the patient can receive coverage.
The process of submitting a treatment plan to
1) verify benefits and
2) obtain an estimate of the potential reimbursement
The process of obtaining permission or authorization from the insurance
company to carry out the treatment plan.
7 Items to Include in a Telephone Predetermination
1• Name of the Insurance Representative
2• Date and Time of the Telephone Call
3• Details of the Patient's Inpatient and Outpatient Benefits
4• Deductibles for Major or Minor Services
5• Reimbursement Rate
6• Annual Maximum Clauses
7• COB Policies Utilized by the Insurance Company
When submitting preauthorizations to dental carriers, the information should be submitted on an
___ ______ form, either generic or supplied by the company, by marking appropriately the box
for Preauthorization or Pretreatment estimates
ADA dental form, either generic or supplied by the company, is used for _______ by marking appropriately the box
for _________ or _________ estimates
9 Items to Include in a Preauthorization
1• Patient's Name
2• Patient's Date of Birth
3• Name of Policyholder and Policy Number
4• Name of Admitting Doctor
5• Name of Hospital or Place of Surgery
6• Anticipated Admission Date and Type of Admission (inpatient, outpatient)
7• Estimated Length of Stay
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