The healthcare industry is offering excellent opportunities for many professionals. Careers in medical coding are quite dynamic as practices, medical billing companies will need excellent coding standardization in the coming years.
You will be required to grab attention by knowing the fundamental requirements and immediate changes that diagnosis and procedure codes. Keeping up with crucial information is one of the major attributes that every coder must be well acquainted.
Recent updates in CPT codes
There is nothing static in the CPT coding world. At present, there are thousands of codes in CPT that are in use. It is important to note that it is more frequent that ICD in its update process. A perfect example will be the category III codes in CPT. It gets updated by every six months.
They are often called as emerging technology codes and are never considered to be permanent. If it moves in category I in five years time, it can be considered as permanent. It will be a pertinent approach for a medical coder to stay up to date or they might risk improper coding leading to faulty claims submission.
Impact of ICD-10
While ICD-9 had 14025 diagnostic codes and 3824 procedure codes, ICD-10 combines 69,823 diagnostic and 71,924 procedure codes. It is pretty clear that medical coders will need to learn a lot of new codes.
A lot of changes are expected with the repeal and replacement debates of the Affordable care Act. ACA has boosted timeliness and accuracy in payments. The new changes expected soon, coders with an exceptional eye for procedure accuracy is going to lay down a strong foundation.
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