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Applying accurate, complete, and proper medical coding is important to support all services billed in the practice. The ACR has developed guidelines and FAQs to help support your selection of appropriate diagnostic and procedural codes.

Medical Coding Guidelines

Medical coding entails the assigning and cataloging of numeric codes to relevant medical data. The diagnosis and procedural codes serve as a universal medical language along with relevant medical information as it relates to any patient encounter for reimbursement. To properly code for a patient encounter, it is important to understand the guidelines for the Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) and the International Statistical Classification of Diseases (ICD) systems. Below are guidelines for each section of coding to improve your coding skills to represent the true complexity of your patient care and secure appropriate reimbursement for your professional services with the ACR coding resources and guide.

ICD-10 Coding

Find key information on ICD-10 coding guidelines and conventions, structural differences, and implementation.


CPT Coding

Learn about CPT coding guidelines for billing procedures performed in rheumatology practices along with correct coding for modifiers.


E/M Coding

Find information on coding evaluation and management guidelines, learn the difference between the 1995 and 1997 E/M guidelines, and download E/M templates.


Coding Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers to frequently asked questions on infusion therapy, injections, and “incident-to” services provided in the physician office.

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