Classification Of Information For The Healthcare System

1008 Words Sep 7th, 2014 5 Pages
Overview of coding
Coding consists of ICD-9-CM, ICD-10-CM, CPT and HCPCS codes. The codes help classify and document the information for the healthcare system in the United States. The ICD-9-CM stands for the International Classification of Diseases, Clinical Modifications. October 1st 2014 ICD-10-CM came out to update the class with more illnesses, conditions, and injuries of any patient that used the medical services. The ICD-9-CM is generally classified as numerical and alphanumerical codes with codes describing the illness and injuries. The CPT which is Current Procedural Terminology and the HCPCS which is the Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System are used in various medical settings. The CPT is published by the AMA yearly. CPT is used to help physicians, insurance companies and other medical providers to use a system for coding medical procedures performed. These codes are used with ICD-9-CM and ICD-10-CM. The CPT book includes four categories the first one consists of six main sections. The CPT codebook is used for each procedure and/or service performed by healthcare professionals with a five digit code. The symbols show the revised, new, out of date, add on codes, etc. The symbols and conventions show different colors of symbols to identify changes or non-changes in the codes within the last addition of the book the year before. Modifiers are to report a service or procedure that was performed by some specific circumstances and was not changed in its…
Open Document