Medical coding, what is it? Medical Coding is “assigning a code to diagnosis and procedures” in the healthcare setting. This is not a skill that can be learned over night, it requires a lot of training and understanding to do this profession.
Diagnosis – A diagnosis is when a physician based on your symptoms what is wrong with you.
Procedure – The procedure is correcting what ever the diagnosis is, not all diagnosis requires a procedure. But as a coder if there was a procedure done, it would be coded.
Classification Systems– Medical classification, or medical coding, is the process of transforming descriptions of medical diagnoses and procedures into universal medical code numbers.
ICD-10-CM – Stands for International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD–10-CM) is a system used by physicians and other healthcare providers to classify and code all diagnoses, symptoms and procedures recorded in conjunction with hospital care in the United States.
CPT– Stands for Current Procedural Terminology. is a medical code set that is used to report medical, surgical, and diagnostic procedures and services to entities such as physicians, health insurance companies and accreditation organizations.
- 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.