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Coding Overview: 7 Important Facts about ICD-9 Coding

By July 9, 2011

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ICD-9 codes are used to describe a patient's diagnosis including symptoms, diseases or disorders. In a medical office, ICD-9 codes are used to establish medical necessity for patient visits as well as communicate to insurance companies the reason for a patient visit.

It is important for ICD-9 codes to be accurate for the quality of patient care, to prevent medical malpractice and for the medical office to receive proper insurance reimbursement. Proper ICD-9 coding requires anUs understanding of how ICD-9 codes are used, how to use the ICD-9 manual, and the importance accuracy in ICD-9 coding.

Find out 7 important facts about ICD-9 coding.

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