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AAPC CPC® Chapter 3

Important things to note from Chapter 3 of the AAPC Official CPC® Study Guide

What is a Tabular List? A 'Tabular List' is a numerical listing of diseases and injury
How many Chapters are in the Tabular List? There are 21 Chapters
What are those Chapters grouped into? Etiology (cause), or Anatomical site (body)
How is the Tabular List organized? They are organized into 3-character category codes and their titles
How many categories are within these? It could range from 3 to 7 characters
What is the 1st character? The 1st character is a letter, followed by 2 additional numbers that may be either a number or letter
How many characters are in the 'subcategory'? Subcategories have an additional 4 to 7 alpha numeric characters. The 7th character is called an extension.
What does the 4th character do? The 4th character in an ICD-10-CM code FURTHER DEFINES the site, etiology, and manifestation or state of the disease or condition.
What does the 5th or 6th character do? The 5th or 6th character FURTHER DEFINES the most accurate level of specificity to the disease or condition.
What does the 7th character do? The 7th character is required for all codes within the category or as the notes in the Tabular List instruct.
What do you do if a code requires a 7th character, but there isn't any? You must put a place-holder of 'X' in the appropriate empty spaces.
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