Medical Coding Books and Manuals


One thing when youíre a coder especially
where youíre taking courses and everything, you fall in love with your manuals, because
thatís what youíre being tested on and they become your little babies. When you get out there and you start working,
most everything is done on the computer, but I can tell you every day I refer to my manuals
in some way or another. A question Sandy stated: ìIím thinking about
a career in medical coding, and I have heard that I will need to purchase manuals. When I looked into this it seemed there were
a lot of different types. Where do I start?î There are different types. The first thing you need to know is that CPT
has a copyright. Nobody else is going to make that, but CMS,
but other publishers sell it, but they donít create it so they donít put their stamp on
it. All CPT manuals are going to look the same. ICD-9, however, does not have a copyright
on it, so youíll see them from different providers. The ICD-9 is the International Classification
of Disease, 9th revision, Clinical Modification. If it just says ICD-9, there is actually just
an ICD-9 and itís used for what coding was originally set out to do for statistics. So, if you wanted to know what people died
of in the United States, you would use an ICD-9 manual. Clinical Modification was done so that we
could use it for other things and expand it on all of the diseases. What youíre going to find out in ICD-9 are
things that are diagnoses, like, diabetes, 250.00. All ICD-9, they will all have a decimal in
them. They will be three to five digits with the
decimal. If you donít see a decimal, itís not ICD-9. On your CPT manual, thatís all of your procedures. Itís Current Procedural Terminology, a very
common one that youíll use is a chest x-ray, single view 71010. You noticed five digits again, but there are
always five digits. Unlike ICD-9 you can have three, four or five
and youíll use that decimal. CPT codes do not have a decimal and they will
always have five digits. You are using themÖ think of it this way,
ICD-9 whatís wrong with the patient. CPT ñ itís the procedure. What did they do to fix the patient or fix
the problem or treat the condition? HCPCS always throws everybody. A lot of times I hear people say that ìI
took a medical coding and billing course and we didnít even covered HCPCS. I have no idea what to do with it.î First of all, know that thereíre only five
questions on the CPC exam regarding the HCPCS. That doesnít mean itís not important, it
is commonly used with Medicare. I used to say it was a supplement, or itís
if-you-want-to-use-it type thing, which isnít really accurate. But itís Healthcare Common Procedure Coding
System. Thereíre two levels: Youíve got Procedures
and Services ñ an example of that would be youíre having a hearing aid test. That will be V5010. Now, Products and Supplies are also used. Youíve got E0240 for Bath/Shower Chair. Now, Medicare will pay for that for a patient. Thereíre all kinds of rules and regulations
for medical supplies and things. So, those medical suppliers that you see all
over, they will use the HCPCS system to get those codes reimbursed. Now, keep in mind here, there are more than
one of ICD manual like I said. You have a Physicians or Hospital edition. If you want to know the difference, Physicians
is what you use mostly with, like, your CPC. Youíre going to have Volume I and Volume
II used for outpatient, physicianís based coding. Volume I and II is just your index and tabular
is what theyíre talking about. But the Hospital edition, they have I, II,
and III and the III is procedural codes, they are used in the hospital. So, if youíre getting your CPC there will
not be any procedural codes in your exam. Now, a lot of, like the book series that we
used to teach out of last year, they did instruct you in Volume III procedure codes because
they had an inpatient coding chapter at the end of the book. The curriculum weíre using this year through
the AAPC doesnít have that, so thereís no confusion there. All of these come in a standard or professional
edition. So, you have a Physician or a Hospital edition. The hospital edition just means that youíre
going to get in Volume III with those extra codes. A lot of times, thereís a little more graphics
in there, procedures and stuff in there. Youíre going to have a standard edition or
a professional edition. The standard is your plain Jane, just what
you need to get by. The professional edition, think of that; itís
usually going to have more color coding in it, it might have tabs, itís going to have
a lot of references and pictures, the terminology and stuff. Iím fond of the professional edition. If you donít need it, donít worry about
it. But Iím really into anatomy, physiology and
terminology, so I like those professional editions. Again, CPT, itís got a copyright on it so
they will always look the same. Theyíre usually always yellow and you donít
have to worry about it being a standard or professional edition, thereís only one. Again, different companies put out or publishers
put out the manuals, so if we scroll down I put some pictures on there of what some
of them look like. Consistently, I have found that whatever you
learn on is what you like the most. This is what the AAPC has. As you see, the CPT looks like that. Itís the same every year; they just change
the year on there. The AAPC has great manuals. If you think about it, theyíre the ones that
are doing the test so you know theyíre going to make their manuals user-friendly for testers. I went ahead and got them, I think, last year,
a year before or maybe two years ago. It was the first one that Iíve seen from
the AAPC and some of the students have started purchasing them because the college provided
some for the students while they were in school, but they didnít provide a set that you could
mark up, bubble and highlight with the Blitz and stuff. You have to purchase your own, so that you
could test with them. Theyíre good. They are color coded and theyíre probably
the best price. In the past, Laureen had with some people
on Amazon and stuff, but you canít beat the price. And just a little tip, you want to know that
if you take one of your courses, you need to purchase your manuals. Thatís going to be pretty standard with most
courses because we canít get a price better than what you can purchase on your own. Youíd have to raise the cost. If you buy your own, and a lot of people have
their own already; so why would we want to send you manuals that you donít need? Now, the Elsiever, honestly Elsiever is my
favorite. Thatís what I had because we hadÖ teaching
at the college, I was given complementary sets. So, if you scroll down there, I would always
get a free set from Elsiever. There are pages, I donít knowÖ I got books
that the paper is good quality. I like Elsiever. I like the color coding. They color code more than the others; they
have more graphics and stuff. They are more expensive, but I like the professional
edition of Elsiever. You can get that on Amazon. But you will again pay more for those. Optum which is formerly Ingenix and a lot
of you may have heard Ingenix. They are good too. The school had a lot of Ingenix. One of the local hospitals here, Shannon,
would donate their previous year coding books to the college so that the students would
have them and they had always gotten Ingenix books and most of them were new because they
all use encoder, but they were required to have them. Ingenix is good, itís not my favorite. Iíve heard some people say that sometimes
you have problems with the pages or missing pages or something like that. Iíve never actually saw that. They do come in different sizes, I noticed. Elsiever is pretty standard. Ingenix has some little tiny ones that are
real thick like a Websterís Dictionary but small. So, itís whatever you prefer and whatever
youíre trained on, know that your ICD-9 can look different. The CPT will always look the same. HCPCS, wherever you get your ICD-9 just pick
up HCPCS there. AAPC has the best prices. You have to have all three to take the CPC
exam. Youíll need all three to take CPC-H exam
and youíre allowed, when you take the exam, to mark it up, make notes, write terminology
that you struggle with and stuff. Youíre just not allowed to put anything like
a piece of paper or something that you could ultimately write down a test question on and
take it out, in another words. Theyíre protecting the quality and the secrecy
of the exam. But you can tab them; we suggest you donít
over tab them. This year, the AAPCs are not indented. They were indented last year. Laureen: Thatís bothered a lot of people. Alicia: Yes, Iíve heard a lot of negative
feedback about that. If you use the Bible, how you always had the
old tabs and it was like that where you could find the book of the Bible that you needed. Thatís very nice in that ICD-9. Laureen: Cheater. [Laughs] Alicia: I always won in those Bible contest. Laureen: Bible flipping, yes! Alicia: But anyway, your manuals, you will
need a good set. You need a current year, whatever youíre
testing and thatís the year you need. For ICD-10, they already have drafts out so
you could get one of those if you want. I know the AAPC has them and so does Elsiever. Iím sure Ingenix does too. If you think youíre going to need them, if
youíre going to look in to that, you can start practicing with one of those as well. Laureen: Yeah, we have question on the chat
too. Someone had all of their notes, the technique
from the Blitz videos as to bubble and highlight, theyíre like ìI got my 2012, can I bring
my 2012 and 2013 manual?î The answer is no. You have to pick a year and bring them in. Or, let me put it this way; they will let
you have one CPT, one HCPCS and one ICD. Itís up to you. They used to require and force you to do the
current year, but now they put it on you. If you fail, then thatís on you; if you fail
because you had an outdated manual. So, absolutely use the current yearís manual. If you have notes in an old one, transfer
them. Donít take short cuts when youíre paying
$300 for this test. View it as just extra time to become one with
your manual. [Laughs] Alicia: You become real friendly with those
manuals.

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