Medical Coding and What You Need To Know
Medical coding is a translation of what is writing one way by a doctor's diagnosis or prescription for a certain medication to more accurately numeric or alphanumeric code. To make it easier for universal interpretation that creates a common ground for better health care practice, medical coding is essential in healthcare practice. For instance, for every diagnosis, injury, and medical procedure, there is a corresponding code. This has given birth to thousands and thousands of codes for medical procedures, outpatient procedures, and diagnoses.
However, the codes are being regulated by World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Center. International Classification of Diseases (ICD) is the classification used to code and classify mortality data from death certificates. ICD, Clinical Modification is also used to code and classify morbidity data from the inpatient and outpatient records, physician offices, and most National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) surveys.
Each of these codes has its universal meaning. For instance, International Classification of Diseases, or ICD codes correspond to a patient’s injury or sickness, and Current Procedure Terminology, or CPT codes relate to what functions and services the healthcare provider performed on or for the patient. These codes also act as the universal language between doctors, hospitals, insurance companies, insurance clearinghouses, government agencies, and other health-specific organizations.
You must be aware that every code set has its own set of guidelines and rules. Certain codes, like ones that signify a pre-existing condition, need to be placed in a very particular order. Coding accurately and within the specific guidelines for each code will affect the status of a claim. The coder reads the healthcare provider’s report of the patient’s visit and then translates each bit of information into a code. The two popular among the ICD codes set is ICD-9 and ICD-10, In most state in United State, ICD-9 is no longer acceptable since 1st of October, 2015 in EHR.
Here at Medslat, our EHR and other digital health application is design based on ICD-10 ready meaningful use. There’s a specific code for what kind of visit by patient, the symptoms that patient is showing, what tests the doctor does, and what the doctor diagnoses the patient with. Medslat medical coding system is built to seamlessly synchronize with our medical biller and can also be integrated with a third party medical biller as well. The coding process ends when the medical coder process the codes into report passed on to the medical biller and the biller can further send it to clearinghouse or insurance company where necessary.