Time again to update your billing software system and encounter forms with the new International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-9-CM) codes! Delete old codes and replace them with the new and revised codes that are applicable to your practice. If you do not use the new valid codes to report services provided on or after October 1, 2006, your claims will be denied! Make it a point to order your new 2007 ICD-9-CM reference materials today. You can order them online at http://www.aap.org/bookstore.

ICD-9-CM for 2007 brings many important new codes for pediatricians. Effective in October, there are about 250 new codes, revisions, and deletions. Specific areas of note include

The entire list can be obtained from the National Center for Healthcare Statistics Web site at http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/datawh/ftpserv/ftpicd9/ftpicd9.htm#guidelines or by calling Teri Salus at the American Academy of Pediatrics at 800/433-9016, ext 7920. These new codes are...

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