Step-by-Step Medical Coding 2011 Edition - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9781437716436, 9781437723755

Step-by-Step Medical Coding 2011 Edition

1st Edition

Authors: Carol Buck
eBook ISBN: 9781437723755
Imprint: Saunders
Published Date: 9th December 2010
Page Count: 1096

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Take your first step toward a successful career in medical coding with comprehensive coverage from the most trusted source in the field! Step-by-Step Medical Coding is the practical, easy-to-use resource that shows you exactly how to code using all of today's coding systems, providing an in-depth introduction to essential coding concepts followed by practice exercises that reinforce your understanding. In addition to coverage of reimbursement, ICD-9-CM, CPT, HCPCS, and inpatient coding, the 2011 edition now provides full coverage of the ICD-10-CM diagnosis coding system in preparation for the transition in 2013. No other text on the market so thoroughly prepares you for all coding systems in one source!

Key Features

  • Carol J. Buck's proven step-by-step approach guides you through difficult concepts in the most direct, straightforward manner to ensure complete understanding.
  • Dual coding prepares you for the switch to ICD-10. In Units 3-5, for every exercise and chapter review question with an ICD-9 answer, you are provided with the matching ICD-10 code.
  • In-text exercises throughout each chapter reinforce coding rules and concepts and follow the book's step-by-step approach.
  • Quick Check features immediately reinforce key concepts and test your retention and understanding.
  • Toolbox features provide additional real world cases for analysis and applying knowledge to specific case elements.
  • Concrete "real-life" coding examples allow you to apply important coding principles and practices to actual scenarios from the field.
  • Full-color design with over 450 illustrations ensures easy navigation and presents material in a unique, compelling way.
  • Coding Shots provide tips for complicated coding scenarios and advice for entering the job market.
  • From the Trenches quotes provide valuable, up-to-date insights from instructors and professionals in the medical coding field.
  • Stop! notes offer a brief summary of material just covered to help ensure retention and understanding and provide a transition into the next topic.
  • Caution! notes warn of common coding mistakes and reinforce the concept of coding as an exact science.
  • Check This Out! boxes offer notes on accessing reference information, primarily via the Internet.
  • Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting boxes in Units 2 and 5 present the official outpatient and inpatient guidelines alongside text discussions.
  • Coder's Index makes it easy to instantly locate specific codes.
  • Practice activities and Coding Guidelines are available on the companion Evolve Resources website to help reinforce key concepts from the text and provide fast, easy access to the most up-to-date content.
  • A free 30-day demo of SpeedECoder lets you complete cases using an actual online encoder.

Table of Contents

Unit 1: Reimbursement

Chapter 1: Reimbursement, HIPAA, and Compliance


Unit 2: ICD-9-CM

Chapter 2: An Overview of ICD-9-CM

Chapter 3: Outpatient Coding and Reporting Guidelines

Chapter 4: Using ICD-9-CM

Chapter 5: Chapter-Specific Guidelines (ICD-9-CM Chapters 1-8)

Chapter 6: Chapter-Specific Guidelines (ICD-9-CM Chapters 9-17)


Unit 3: ICD-10-CM

Chapter 7: An Overview of ICD-10-CM

Chapter 8: Outpatient Coding and Reporting Guidelines

Chapter 9: Using ICD-10-CM

Chapter 10: Chapter-Specific Guidelines (ICD-10-CM Chapters 1-10)

Chapter 11: Chapter-Specific Guidelines (ICD-10-CM Chapters 11-14)

Chapter 12: Chapter-Specific Guidelines (ICD-10-CM Chapters 15-21)


Unit 4: CPT and HCPCS

Chapter 13: Introduction to the CPT and Level II National Codes (HCPCS)

Chapter 14: Modifiers

Chapter 15: Evaluation and Management (E/M) Services

Chapter 16: Anesthesia

Chapter 17: Surgery Guidelines and General Surgery

Chapter 18: Integumentary System

Chapter 19: Musculoskeletal System

Chapter 20: Respiratory System

Chapter 21: Cardiovascular System

Chapter 22: Hemic, Lymphatic, Mediastinum, and Diaphragm

Chapter 23: Digestive System

Chapter 24: Urinary and Male Genital Systems

Chapter 25: Reproductive, Intersex Surgery, Female Genital System, and Maternity Care and Delivery

Chapter 26: Endocrine and Nervous Systems

Chapter 27: Eye, Ocular Adnexa, Auditory, and Operating Microscope

Chapter 28: Radiology

Chapter 29: Pathology/Laboratory

Chapter 30:Medicine


Unit 5: Inpatient Coding

Chapter 31: Inpatient Coding



Appendix A: Resources

Appendix B: Exercise Answers

Appendix C: SpeedECoder Exercises


Coder's Index



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About the Author

Carol Buck

Affiliations and Expertise

Former Program Director, Medical Secretarial Programs, Northwest Technical College, East Grand Forks, MN