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14 things to know about medical coding

14 things to know about medical coding

Medical coders play a crucial role in the revenue cycle process, as they help ensure health systems, hospitals and physicians are properly reimbursed for the services they provide.

Here are 14 things to know about medical coding.

1. AAPC describes medical coding as “the transformation of healthcare diagnosis, procedures, medical services and equipment into universal medical alphanumeric codes.”

2. Once medical coding professionals assign a code to a specific healthcare service or procedure, the code is included on an insurance claim, according to AAPC. This code tells the insurer how much it owes for the care and helps determine how much the patient will be billed.

3. Coders use a number of classification systems when assigning codes, such as the Current Procedural Terminology, ICD-10 and the Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System Level II…


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