Health Information Management

Decode the language of physicians

APCs Insider, September 18, 2009

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The language of the practice of medicine doesn’t always mesh with the language of coding. Sometimes we have common words or acronyms with different meanings. For example, “CC” for coders means “complication and comorbidity,” whereas for physicians, it means “chief complaint.”
 
Sometimes we have different phraseology with the same intended meanings, but we just can’t use what the physicians gave us for coding. Let’s take a look at a few more examples.
 
Continue reading Decode the language of physicians on HCPro’s Web site. Briefings on Coding Compliance Strategies subscribers have free access to this article in the September issue.



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