Medical coding is based on International Classification of Diseases (ICD)-10-CM codes, a collection of more than 70,000 seven-character codes that describe what can sicken, poison, hurt, or kill you. Providers and facilities must report ICD-10-CM codes to establish medical necessity for payment. Researchers and government require ICD-10-CM to accumulate for public health research and actuarial studies.
AAPC Coder simplifies the traditional ICD-10-CM lookup of consulting the Index to Diseases and Injuries, Table of Drugs and Chemicals, and Index of External Causes, then finding the code of greatest specificity in the Tabular Section through an easy-to-use search using keywords, code, or code ranges. Other ways AAPC coder eases accurately finding and report the codes include: