Importance of Coding Guidelines.docx

With the guidelines it instructs the coder how to

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are used to get the correct diagnoses. With the guidelines it instructs the coder how to accurately and diagnose the patient so that they can become a successful coder. The guidelines are important as each code has to be coded to the highest level so that the insurance company knows exactly what the patients diagnosis or services that was provided. Coding has evolved from doing it manually in the 80’s were most things were handwritten, transcribed, or somethings typed on electric typewriter. Medical coders were a rare commodity as the CPT codes were still being evolved. Coding was done with a superbill/ charge master that was marked by a doctor and with surgical services and procedures were entered into a computer software billing and claims that are printed and mailed to the insurance companies and patients.
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Now we use ICD 10 and a software program that makes sure coding is done properly, which lets a coder do searches on a specific term which allows the program to go through a process of elimination to give a more accurate code efficiently and a lot faster than before. When a coder fails to follows the guidelines that are set forth can cause request of patient medical records, untimely payment, even denial of claims.
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- procedure-coding - icd-10-cm-guidelines.pdf [Medical Coding Guidelines]. (n.d.). Retrieved from
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