Radiology Today: “Know Your ICD-9-CM Guidelines”
Diagnostic codes are relied on to show medical necessity, which is the crux of reimbursement, so proper coding is essential. But diagnostic coding can be a headache for radiology practices.
Additionally, ICD-9-CM coding is not always straightforward. Guidelines do not always appear directly with the codes themselves, and knowing the issues important to radiology is critical. The following are the top 10 coding guidelines regarding radiology diagnostic coding from the federal government’s official ICD-9-CM coding guidelines.