Help: FAQs, tutorials, videos, page index and more
Viewing:  Sep 20, 2019

Code Position Matters, Using the X Place Holder

By:  Chris Woolstenhulme, QCC, CMCS, CPC, CMRS
Published:  June 28th, 2017

Using the X Place holder is not optional. Be sure you understand how to use it. If the code you are using requires a the Character such as the A - initial encounter, D - subsequent encounter  or  S- sequela, you understand the "X" Place holder. Not all Codes requiring a 7th character will have a 4th, 5th, or possibly even a 6th code. 

This can be seen more often in the S-T sections for Injuries and Poisonings, and are also used with accidents. The "X" Place holder can be used anywhere in the code to make a complete code for example: X00.0XXA "Exposure to flames in uncontrolled fire in bldg, initial."

The letter X is used where there are no other characters available and you are required to have 7 characters. If not coded correctly, your claim will be denied. The "x” also allows for future expansion of the codes.

###

Article Tags  (click on a tag to see related articles)



Publish this Article on your Website, Blog or Newsletter

This article is available for publishing on websites, blogs, and newsletters. The article must be published in its entirety - all links must be active. If you would like to publish this article, please contact us and let us know where you will be publishing it. The easiest way to get the text of the article is to highlight and copy. Or use your browser's "View Source" option to capture the HTML formatted code.

If you would like a specific article written on a medical coding and billing topic, please Contact Us.


Our contact information

Find A Code, LLC
62 East 300 North
Spanish Fork, UT 84660
Phone: 801-770-4203 (9-5 Mountain)
Fax: 801-770-4428
Email:
Free 14 Day Trial
No Credit Card Required
Pricing
Starting at $10/month
Sign In
Welcome back!