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• How Did Changes To The Icd-9 Over The Years Reflect Events

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What is medical coding and what is it used for?

"Medical coding professionals provide a key step in the medical billing process. Every time a patient receives professional health care in a physician’s office, hospital outpatient facility or ambulatory surgical center (ASC), the provider must document the services provided. The medical coder will abstract the information from the documentation, assign the appropriate codes, and create a claim to be paid, whether by a commercial payer, the patient, or CMS." (Aapccom, 2015) It is very important that billing coders have a full understanding of how to properly use medical codes to prevent denial of claims submitted.

What coding systems are used in the United States?

"In the United States, ICD-10 has been used to classify mortality data since 1999, while we continue to use ICD-9-CM for all other purposes, such as billing and morbidity statistics. In addition, government agencies, health care insures, and providers are studying the implications of switching to ICD-10-CM." (Aalseth, 2006) …show more content…

With changes in time and life, society changes. And with those changes comes new ideas, disease and illnesses never before encountered or diagnosed. For example; in 1993 a newly understood form of HPV cancer was identified and therefore, a code had to be assigned. In such cases, The ICD-9-CM Coordination and Maintenance Committee in joint effort with the National Center for Health Statistics and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, considers changes yearly. (Aalseth, 2006)

What is ICD-10 and why was it mandated to use

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