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Understanding Medical Coding PDF Print E-mail
Written by David Andrews   
Tuesday, 05 October 2010 10:39
Medical classification or medical coding, is the process of transforming descriptions of medical diagnoses and procedures into numeric or alphanumeric designations (i.e., code numbers). The diagnoses and procedures are usually taken from a variety of sources within the medical record, such as the transcription of the doctor's notes, laboratory results, radiologic results, and other sources. As medicine is not always an exact science, codes were developed to identify all reasons for seeking healthcare.

In medicine, diagnostic codes are used to group and identify diseases, disorders, symptoms, and medical signs, and are used to measure morbidity and mortality.

Diagnosis codes are also used to track diseases, whether they are chronic diseases such as diabetes mellitus and heart disease, to contagious diseases such as norovirus, the flu, and athlete's foot. These diagnosis and procedure codes are used by government health programs, private health insurance companies, workers' compensation carriers and others.

Medical classification systems are used for a variety of applications in medicine and medical informatics
• Statistical analysis of diseases and therapeutic actions
• Reimbursement; e.g., based on DRGs
• Knowledge-based and decision support systems
• Direct surveillance of epidemic or pandemic outbreaks

Ciphering health-related information allows access to health records according to diagnoses and procedures for use in clinical care, research, and education. Common uses of medical codes in healthcare include:
• Distinguishing symptoms that must be assessed and to alert other healthcare professionals to life-threatening allergies
• Describing services carried out for reimbursement
• Helping with administrative purposes such as staffing, scheduling, and adding or decreasing healthcare services
• Comparing facilities and provision for new services in underserved areas
Last Updated on Friday, 08 October 2010 12:58
ICD-9-CM Code changes PDF Print E-mail
Written by David Andrews   
Wednesday, 29 September 2010 10:10
Code Changes
Approximately about 130 new diagnosis codes will become effective on October 1, 2010. Most of these new additions are found in Chapter 16 under symptoms involving the respiratory and digestive systems, in chapter 17 for injuries and poisoning, and in Chapter 14 among the codes for conginital anomalies of female genital organs. Substantial number of changes were made to the supplementary classification chapter. About 55 new V codes are effective from October 1, 2010.

These Include:
• New Injury and Poisoning Codes
• New Signs and Symptoms Codes
• Expanded Avian and H1N1 Codes
• New Congenital Anomaly Codes
• New V Codes

You can view lists or download the final version of the new, revised, and invalid ICD-9-CM codes with their descriptors from the following CMS website:
Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 October 2010 11:04
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1. Measuring the quality, safety and efficacy of care
2. Designing payment systems and processing claims for reimbursement
3. Conducting research, epidemiological studies, and clinical trials
4. Setting health policy
5. Operational and strategic planning and designing healthcare delivery systems
6. Monitoring resource utilization
7. Improving clinical, financial, and administrative performance
8. Preventing and detecting healthcare fraud and abuse
9. Tracking public concerns and assessing risks of adverse public health events

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