Category I codes have five digits with no decimals and are used the most often. Each code has a descriptor which describes what each code represents. These codes represent procedures that are consistent with contemporary medical practice and are widely performed. Both doctors and outpatient providers use Category I codes. There are six different sections of category I codes – they are as follows: 1. Evaluation and Management
5. Pathology and Laboratory
An example of Category I code
* 99204 office visit for evaluation and management of new patient Buzz word for Category I codes
Common - Category I codes are the most used category therefore this is the common category, we can refer to it by common codes Category II Codes are used to track performance measures for a medical goal. These codes are optional and are not paid by insurance carriers. Category II Codes contain an alphabetic character for the fifth digit. An example of Category II code
* 0004F – Tobacco use cessation intervention, counseling Buzz word for Category II codes
Optional – Category II codes are optional codes that can be used to track performance of a patient. This could be performance of losing weight, quick smoking, maintaining blood sugar levels. This is just a few things that a doctor may track. These codes are not paid for my insurance companies and do not control patient care – therefore these codes are optional for doctors to use.
Category III codes are temporary codes used for emerging technology, services and...