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today, though it takes a lot of responsibilities. Medical Billers and Coders are the ones
who are anticipated to be knowledgeable about medical billing codes. Not just them,
but anyone involved in the Medical Billing, Coding, Medical Records and EHR/EMR
personal must know and must have the knowledge on Medical Billing Codes.
CPT - Current Procedural Terminology Codes
This is a code produced by the American Medical association with the latest code
of CPT 2011. This code makes a mark on medical, surgeries done as well as
diagnostic aids done by the physician through their patients, and other administrative
staffs involve in this three areas.
ICD- International Classification of Diseases
You can see numerous codes under this category. Each category comprises the
different type of diseases and under them, lies the diverse subcategories under that
type of disease. Medical billing codes under this category hands you the patient’s
specific disease, their signs and symptoms and its etiology. This code was pursued by
the United Nations.
Read here the ICD-9-CM Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting Effective
October 1, 2011 ( note that there is no changes in 2012).
HCPCS Codes - Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System
HCPCS codes lie under the CPT code created by the American Medical
Association. Its previous name was the Health Care Financing Administration. This
section takes care of the medical health insurances that catch you from paying too
much after you have been hospitalized for so long. This is processed by handing you
a price cut on medical equipment and services that you’re going to contain.
DRG- Diagnosis-related group
The Diagnosis-related group code was intended for designation of a certain
procedure. You’ll be able to use this code under the International Classification of
Diseases as this category presents you the patient’s specific disease, their signs and
symptoms and its etiology. The Diagnosis-related group was formed by Robert B
Fetter to assign each disease to a certain class.
NDC- National Drug Codes
As the name implies, this is widely used among the pharmaceuticals. Each
drugstore is required to have a database containing all the Food and Drug
Administration approved drugs. These medical billing codes comprise the name of the
manufacturer of a certain drug, the drug’s preparation and its volume to be consumed
by the consumers.
DSM-IV-TR - Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 4th Edition, Text
The well known DSM-IV-TR code which you can see all over the psyche
textbooks, and journals is made formally through the public by the American
Psychiatric Association. It consists of the codes pertaining to mental disorders such as
mental retardation, elimination disorders, attention deficit disorders and more.