Medical coders keep patient records accurate for both healthcare providers and insurance companies. To do so, they rely on the World Health Organization’s International Classification for Diseases (ICD), a system that classifies and codes all diagnoses, symptoms and procedures. The previous industry standard – the ICD-9 code sets – has recently been updated with a more detailed version, the ICD-10.
While the complexities of the new system may seem daunting, medical coders should see their efforts to understand how to use it pay off with increased efficiency and better health outcomes. HHS requires everyone covered by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) report ICD-10 codes for diagnoses and inpatient hospital procedures. HIPAA requires providers and health plans use standard content, formats, and coding for health care transactions.
Find code sets in the Resources section. ICD-10-CM diagnosis codes provide the reason for seeking health care; ICD-10-PCS procedure codes tell what inpatient treatment and services the patient got; CPT (HCPCS Level I) codes describe outpatient services and procedures; and providers generally use HCPCS (Level II) codes for equipment, drugs, and supplies for services and treatment.
Who this course is for:
- Medical coders who are preparing for the transition from ICD-9 CM to ICD-10 CM
- Beginners who want to learn how to code medical diagnoses
- People who want to break into the field of medical coding
- Job seekers interested in a career in medical coding
- Anyone interested in medical coding
- Anyone who wants to better understand their own health records or medical condition
What you’ll learn:
- Learn what ICD-10-CM medical diagnosis codes are, and how to assign them
- Determine appropriate code sequencing in ICD-10 CM
Articulate coding principles and conventions in ICD-10 CM
Identify the appropriate ICD-10 code to assign for any given condition