The new International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-9-CM) codes have been published and are effective to report services provided on or after October 1, 2007. Review your encounter form, delete old codes, and add the new and revised codes that are applicable to your practice. Update your billing software system and don't forget to educate all members of your practice. Keep in mind that if you do not use the new valid codes to report services provided on or after October 1, 2007, your claims will be denied! Make it a point to order your new 2008 ICD-9-CM reference materials today. You can order them online at www.aap.org/bookstore.

The entire list of 2008 codes can be obtained from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Web site at www.cms.hhs.gov/ICD9ProviderDiagnosticCodes/07_summarytables.asp, from the National Center for Health Statistics Web site at www.cdc.gov/nchs/datawh/ftpserv/ftpicd9/ftpicd9.htm, or by calling Teri...

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