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Question: Recently, we received the following question about urgent care ICD-9 coding.
A nursing supervisor through our parent hospital is questioning the ability of an MA to legally write in ICD-9 codes matching physician diagnoses. It is my understanding that MAs get this training in school and as long as the physician is assigning the diagnosis and E&M code, the MA (certified MAs) can write in an ICD-9 code which directly matches. It has been this way in all offices I have worked in. If you have any like or something in writing supporting this, please let me know.
Answer: The physician is ultimately responsible for all codes billed out for all professional services billed under the physician’s provider number. There are many ways, however, for the facility to do this.