Practical coding examples provide good opportunities for learning proper Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) and International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-9-CM) coding in your practice. You might pick examples of common outpatient or inpatient conditions, and apply these in planned coding or compliance meetings in your practice. The following case of a child with an acute exacerbation of asthma represents a situation that is seen frequently and represents care across the full spectrum of settings and providers. Distribute this to all the members in your practice, along with a copy of your charge ticket, and ask everyone to fill out the codes they think appropriate. The answers are included for comparison and discussion. Please involve some of your administrative personnel. The dialogue may provide a boost to your bottom line and improve the documentation needed to pass audits and successfully refile denied claims.

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