How to read your medical bills

Check the ICD diagnostic codes

Diagnostic codes (ICD-9 or ICD-10 codes) will give you an idea of what you were tested for. Trisha torrey

Diagnostic codes, also called ICD-9 or ICD-10 codes, will also appear on your medical bill.

Your healthcare provider will not receive money from your insurance company or other healthcare payer unless you provide a diagnosis code to provide services. The reason is that with certain diagnoses, only certain services can be provided. For example, your doctor may not be able to perform a heart test if your problem was a rash on your leg.

These diagnoses are represented by version 9 or version 10 ICD (International Classification of Diseases) codes. Most current accounts reflect ICD-9 codes, but in the coming years, all healthcare providers will migrate to ICD- 10. You may want to know more about these diagnostic codes and how to update them to new ones.

In some cases, multiple diagnostic codes will be used, as in this example. This indicates that the healthcare provider is unsure of the cause of the symptom and usually provides reasons for testing.

You may be interested in looking at the ICD codes . This bill contains the ICD-9 code 785.1, which stands for rapid heartbeat, and the code 272.0, which stands for pure hypercholesterolemia.

Why would you look for ICD codes? If you visited your doctor with symptoms and you are not sure what you were looking for, you may get some clues from these codes.

If the codes don't make any sense to you, if you know you don't have the issues listed, it may indicate that you received the wrong bill or that there is fraud involved in some way, including the ability to establish a medical identity . theft . Contact your provider's office immediately for clarification.

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