AMA CPT® Assistant - 1996 Issue 8 (August)

Other, ICD-9 vs. CPT Codes (Q&A) (August 1996)

August 1996 page 11d Coding Consultation Other, ICD-9 vs. CPT Codes (Q&A) What is the difference between an ICD-9 code and a CPT code? How do I know which ICD-9 code goes with a certain CPT code? AMA Comment The ICD-9 coding system is a system that includes both diagnosis codes and procedure codes. The procedure codes in ICD-9 describe hospital services and are reported by hospitals to describe expenses incurred in providing a surgery or other procedure. ICD-9 also includes diagnosis codes that describe diseases, symptoms, and other reasons for seeking health care services. In CPT coding...

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