Explore BrainMass

Explore BrainMass

    Differences between diagnostic and procedural coding

    This content was COPIED from BrainMass.com - View the original, and get the already-completed solution here!

    What are the differences between diagnostic and procedural coding?
    What is the name of the major coding system for each?
    Why is it important to use the correct codes when processing claims?

    © BrainMass Inc. brainmass.com October 10, 2019, 1:48 am ad1c9bdddf

    Solution Preview

    What are the differences between diagnostic and procedural coding?
    "No words are required to be on a medical claim form. Everything that a doctor does and why it was needed appears on the claim forms as a series of codes" (The Coding Network, n.d.).
    Procedural coding:
    Procedural coding relates to or uses the Current Procedural Terminology ("CPT") coding system with the aim of providing "uniform language that accurately describes medical, surgical, and diagnostic services" ("CPT-ICD9 Codes," n.d.). A CPT code consists of a five digit numeric code used to identify and delineate services rendered by physicians, hospitals, and other health care providers whether medical, surgical, radiology, laboratory, anesthesiology, and evaluation/management services ("CPT-ICD9 Codes," n.d.; The Coding Network, n.d.). The American Medical Association ...