What are Diagnosis pointers?

Diagnostic coding is the translation of written descriptions of diseases, illnesses and injuries into codes from a particular classification. In medical classification, diagnosis codes are used as part of the clinical coding process alongside intervention codesDiagnosis pointers are used to link the Diagnosis code to a CPT (The Current Procedural Terminology) performed.

There are two ways that you can link a Diagnosis code to a CPT in drchrono, one on the Billing detail screen and the other through Schedule calendar. Please follow the steps outlined below.

> Step 1: To link a  Diagnosis code to a CPT on the Billing detail screen:

1. Hover your cursor on Billing > Live claims Feed.

2. Click on the appointment and it will take you to the Billing detail screen.

3. Enter the ICD-10 codes and CPT codes on the appointment.

4. You will be able to link maximum 4 primary Dx codes to one CPT as per CMS guidelines and can use a total of 12 Dx codes on an appointment.

5. To link a Dx code to a particular CPT enter the position of the Dx on the Dx Pointers field corresponding to that CPT as mentioned in the below screen shot.

> Step 2: To link a  Diagnosis code to a CPT through schedule calendar:

1. On Schedule > calendar Click on the appointment > Billing Tab.

3. Enter the ICD-10 codes and CPT codes on the appointment.

4. To link a Dx code to a particular CPT enter the position of the Dx on the Dx Pointers field corresponding to that CPT as mentioned in the screen shot.

5. Click on Save.

Also to let you know if you enter 12 Diagnoses in an appointment, all the Diagnoses will get transmitted on the claim to the payer.

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