What are the steps for finding the ICd-9-CM procedure code?
Step 1: Locate the main term in the Alphabetic Index. Step 2: Refer to any notes and modifiers under the main term. Step 3: Refer to any subterms indented under the main term. Step 4: Verify the code in the Tabular list. Step 5: Read and be guided by any instructional terms in the Tabular List. Step 6: Code to the highest level of specificity. Step 7: Follow any cross-referenced instructions.
The first steps in finding the ICD-9-CM procedure code is to get a medical diagnosis from the doctor first. Once the diagnosis has been made, the corresponding ICD-9-CM procedure code is then used for the health insurance claim. For information regarding the process of health insurance claims and an overview on the coding system used go to this site: http://www.ask.com/wiki/Medical_billing_(United_States).