There are so many basic medical billing and coding terms to learn early on. Here are just a few with simple explanations.
Basic Coding Terms
Category: Codes 3 digits such as COPD 496. You don’t need another digit.
Subcategory: Codes with 4 digits such as HTN 401.9
Sub Classification: Codes that need all 5 digits, DM 250.00
If a code is not taken out to the highest level it id considered Truncated. You always want to code to the most specific classification. That is why you will never see an DM code with less than 5 digits. It is such a diverse disease.
Main Term: This is the term you would look up in the idex to locate diagnosis.
Acquired deformity of ankle
Nasal packing due to severe epistaxis
Acute cholecystitis with obstruction
- Penn Foster offers two programs that can be beneficial for those interested or currently working in the healthcare field. ICD-10 Training for ICD-9 Coders is a shorter certificate program that focuses solely on teaching skills needed to process ICD-10 codes.