Medical Billing and Coding is one of the upcoming and in demand jobs in the medical field having placements from hospitals, clinics, skilled nursing facilities, as well as insurance companies. What Medical billing and coding is; is the alpha-numerical coding of diagnoses and procedures performed in an in-patient, out-patient or an in office setting. These codes are a way for doctors and medical personnel to be reimbursed for the care they have given, it is also a tool used by insurance carriers to validate what procedures are and can be done.
There are two parts to medical coding; one is called ICD-9-CM, standing for the International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision, Clinical Modification. The ICD-9 manual is a numerical classification system to code diagnoses and procedures in an in-patient setting such as a hospital. A typical code will have a minimum of three digits and a maximum of five. (Example: 042, 126.3, 442.82). ICD-9 is gradually changing to ICD-10 which will now include alpha-numeric from three alpha-digits to a maximum of seven alpha-digits.
The next part to medical coding is called CPT, standing for Current Procedural Terminology. CPT is a five digit code used to code out-patient and in office procedures. A CPT code will often look like a zip code; example: 27763, sometimes it will have an alpha for the fifth digit.
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