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Where can you purchase a book containing ICD-9 codes?

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Books containing the complete catalogue of ICD-9 codes can be purchased via a number of medical organizations like the American Medical Association (ama-assn.org) and the American Health Information Management Association (ahima.org). These books are generally large and somewhat expensive.

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ICD-9 code books are also sold in store and on-line at Barnes & Noble. Many other websites offer ICD-9 code books, as well. Some of the more reputable websites are medicalcodingbooks.com, optumcoding.com, and aapc.com.

There are different volumes available for purchase. Volumes 1 and 2 address the coding needs of physicians and can generally be purchased for around $90.00. Volumes 1,2 and 3 address hospital's coding needs and can generally be purchased for around $110.00. Members of the American Medical Association and the American Health Information Management Association are eligible for discounted prices from the respective website.

ICD-9, or International Classification of Diseases 9th Edition, codes are a uniform set of codes used by physicians and hospitals to indicate a diagnosis for all patient encounters. This current edition has been in use in the United States since 1979. The original intent for these codes was strictly diagnostic in nature, but the codes are also currently used by payers for billing and reimbursement purposes.

A transition to ICD-10 codes is set to take place on October 1, 2015.

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