Purpose of Medical Coding
Diagnosis codes are used to track diseases and other health conditions, whether they are chronic diseases such as diabetes mellitus and heart disease, to contagious diseases such as norovirus, the flu, and athlete's foot. These diagnosis and procedure codes are used by government health programs, private health insurance companies, workers' compensation carriers and others.
Medical classification systems are used for a variety of applications in medicine, public health and medical informatics, including:
Ø Statistical analysis of diseases and therapeutic actions
Ø Reimbursement; e.g., based on diagnosis-related groups (DRG)
Ø Knowledge-based and decision support systems
Ø Direct surveillance of epidemic or pandemic outbreaks
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