Diagnostic coding

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  1. Define the medical assistant’s role in diagnostic coding.
  2. Explain the most relevant points of the history of diagnostic coding.
  3. List the steps to correctly choose diagnosis codes.
  4. Describe the layout of the CPT coding book.
  5. List the steps to accurate CPT coding.
  6. Discuss how modifiers are used in procedural coding.
  7. Explain the use of the Health Care Common Procedure Coding System and coding guides for specialized medical practices.
  8. Explain the relationship between accurate documentation and reimbursements.
  9. Identify three types of payment typically made in the medical office.
  10. Describe the various types of collection issues in managed care.


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