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, 2008. 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. Remember that if you are using invalid codes to report services provided on or after October 1, 2008, your claims will be denied! Make it a point to order your new 2009 ICD-9-CM reference materials today. You can order them online at www.aap.org/bookstore.

The entire list of the 2009 codes can be obtained from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Web site at www.cms.hhs.gov/ICD9ProviderDiagnosticCodes/07_summarytables.asp#TopOfPage and the National Center for Healthcare Statistics Web site at www.cdc.gov/nchs/datawh/ftpserv/ftpicd9/ftpicd9.htm, or by contacting the American Academy of Pediatrics Coding...

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