Medical coding is the translation or transformation of healthcare diagnosis, procedures, medical services, and equipment into medical numeric or alphanumeric codes. The diagnoses and procedure codes are taken from medical record documentation, such as transcription of physician's notes, laboratory and radiologic results, etc. For every injury, diagnosis, and medical procedure, there is a specific and corresponding code.
There are a number of sets and subsets of code that comprise thousands of codes for medical procedures, outpatient procedures, and diagnoses. Medical coders review clinical statements and assign standard codes using CPT® , ICD-10-CM, and HCPCS Level II classification systems.
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