Guide

Cracking the codes: A guide to healthcare’s standardized coding systems

Don’t know your LOINC from your SNOMED ®? Your ICD from your CPT®? You’re not alone.

While many standardized code sets impact stakeholders throughout the healthcare ecosystem, a solid understanding of what they do and why they matter can be elusive. In our latest paper, IMO coding experts June Bronnert, MHI, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P, and Shelly Jude, BS, RHIA, answer key questions about four of the most commonly used code sets: ICD-10-CM, CPT, SNOMED CT, and LOINC. So, if it’s all Greek to you, this guide has your name on it. And if you’re a coding pro, consider sharing it with a colleague who could benefit from brushing up on the basics, including:

  • What are these code systems and how are they used?
  • How are code sets maintained and when are they updated?
  • How can you tell one code type from another?
  • What makes each code set unique?

Plus, bonus content! Check out our calendar of 2021’s key code set updates on the back page.




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