What are the differences between diagnostic and procedural coding?
What are some of the similarities?
What is the name of the major coding system for each?
Why is it important to use the correct codes when processing claims?
Diagnostic medical coding is the method of translating diagnosis, treatment procedures and other relevant medical records for patients into codes. Procedural medical coding involves applying numeric or alphanumeric codes that are used to identify specific health interventions taken by medical professionals. In the United States procedural coding is developed, maintained, and copyrighted by the American Medical Association. Diagnostic coding is developed , monitored and copyrighted by the World Health Organization. Diagnostic coding is only done in ...
This solution cites some similarities and some differences between diagnostic and procedural coding. It also names the major coding system for both types of codes and cites the importance of using the correct codes when processing claims.