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Medical Coding A Journey



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Designed for the beginning student, this easy-to-read medical coding book offers comprehensive coverage of current and upcoming codes. Highlighting CPT-4, ICD-10-CM, ICD-10-PCS, ICD-9-CM ( vol. 1,2, and 3), and HCPCS, MEDICAL CODING: A JOURNEYteaches procedure and diagnosis code sets that healthcare providers and insurances use, while addressing medical terms, medical specialties, medical records and healthcare issues. Examples, photos, and guidelines walk students through each step of the coding process and explain common medical procedures and diagnoses. Unique exercises use video, chart audits, online research, and medical record interpretation to reinforce coding skill and accuracy.

Table of Contents

Section 1: Introduction to Medical Coding

1. The Field of Medical Coding

2. Coding Systems, Medical Records, HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules


Section 2: Introduction to ICD-9-CM and ICD-10 Coding 

3. Introduction to ICD-9-CM Coding

4. Coding Conventions and General Coding Guidelines

5. Diagnostic Coding and Reporting Guidelines for Outpatient Services

6. Introduction to ICD-10-CM Coding


Section 3: ICD-9-CM and ICD-10-CM Coding 

7. V Codes

8. E Codes, Injuries, and Burns

9. Infectious and Parasitic Diseases/Endocrine, Blood, and Nervous System Disorders

10.  Mental Disorders; Respiratory, Digestive, Genitourinary, Skin, and Musculoskeletal System Disorders 

11.  Diseases of the Circulatory System

12.  Neoplasms

13.  Signs, Symptoms, Ill-Defined Conditions, Surgical/Medical Complications

14.  Complications of Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Puerperium, Perinatal Conditions, Congenital Anomalies

15.  Inpatient Coding, Medicare Reimbursement

16.  Inpatient Hospital Procedures ICD-9-CM and ICD-10-PCS


Section 4:  CPT-4 and HCPCS Coding, and Coding with Modifiers 

17.   Introduction to CPT-4 and HCPCS Coding

18.   Coding with Modifiers


Section 5: Evaluation and Management (E/M) Coding and Anesthesia Coding

19.   Evaluation and Management (E/M) Coding

20.  Anesthesia Coding


Section 6: Surgery Coding 

21.   Introduction to Surgery Coding

22.   Integumentary System

23.   Musculoskeletal System

24.  Respiratory System

25.  Cardiovascular System

26.  Hemic and Lymphatic Systems, Mediastinum, and Diaphragm

27.  Digestive System

28.  Urinary and Male Genital System

29.  Female Genital System, Maternity Care, and Delivery

30.  Endocrine and Nervous Systems

31.  Eye and Ocular Adnexa, Auditory System, and Operating Microscope


Section 7: Radiology, Pathology and Laboratory, Medicine Coding, and Coding with HCPCS

32.  Radiology

33.  Pathology and Laboratory

34.  Medicine Coding

35.  Coding with HCPCS 


Section 8: Professionalism

36.  Professionalism and Patient Relations



A. ICD-9-CM Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting; ICD-10-CM Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting; 1995 and 1997 Documentation Guidelines for Evaluation and Management Services

B. Table 6-5 from Chapter 6 – Differences between ICD-9-CM and ICD-10-CM Guidelines

C. Normal Lab Values and Vital Signs

D. HCPCS Modifiers

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