CHAPTER 3

Procedure Coding: Location, Location, Location

Coding Paths Diverge

In addition to the patient’s diagnosis, the other pieces of information associated with every healthcare encounter are the procedure codes, the dates the procedures were performed, the location in which they were performed, and the physician or other provider who performed them.

The term procedure coding encompasses a wide variety of services to patients:

img Surgery: Operative treatment of disease or injury

img Anesthesia: The process of blocking pain or other perceptions

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