Are you talking about NOS or NEC codes? Both of these types of ICD-9 codes serve a purpose, and are billable codes; however, you should always be coding to the greatest level of specificity so it sounds like you are using them more often then they are intended.
NEC: There is no separate code for the condition in ICD-9 even though the diagnostic statement may be very specific
NOS: Used only when neither the diagnostic statement nor the medical records provides information that permits classification to a more specific code
If you are finding that you are are using many NOS codes, I would talk to the physician and ask that they document to the highest level of specificity.
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