Who Writes Medical Codes?


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Medical experts and other stakeholders participate in the creation of the medical coding systems that the health care industry uses. Each medical sector establishes its own method to address the creation and revision processes that its specific code system uses.

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The World Health Organization complies and periodically revises the International Classification of Diseases, or ICD. In addition to WHO member states around the globe, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services also use ICD codes. Task force and work group members appointed by the American Psychiatric Association Board of Trustees compile the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, or DSM. The American Dental Association confers responsibility for the Code on Dental Procedures and Nomenclature, or CDT, to the Council on Dental Benefit Programs, or CDBP. The CDBP oversees the Code Maintenance Committee that produces and revises the CDT.

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