ICD 9 codes are used to classify diagnoses and medical treatment for conditions including prostate cancer so that insurance companies know how to pay for benefits.
ICD-9-CM 185 is a billable medical code used for malignant neoplasm of prostate. Another name for this diagnosis is metastatic prostate cancer or adenocarcinoma of the prostate, according to Health Research Funding
. Metastatic means that cancer has spread beyond the prostate to other parts of the body.
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There are various other codes used for premalignant prostate conditions, such as prostatic intraepithelial neoplasia (PIN). Different codes may also be used for various treatments for metastatic prostate cancer, including surgery, chemotherapy, drug treatments, and palliative care, according to For the Record Magazine
Common symptoms of prostate cancer may include difficulty with urination or a weak urine flow, frequency of urination, pain during urination, bloody semen, and pain in the hips, upper thighs, or lower back. Metastates occur most frequently in the bones, blood, and tissues. The eye is another common area for metastates, according to ICD9Data.com
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ICD-9-CM stands for the International Classification of Diseases, ninth revision, clinical modification. It comes from the World Health Organization but is the U.S. health care system’s adaptation of the international coding. ICD-9-CM was adopted in 1975 at a WHO convention. The ICD-9 coding system was used by all U.S. insurance companies to pay out benefits to doctors until 2015, when ICD-10 was adopted.
ICD-9 contained nearly 18,000 codes, only a few of which refer to prostate cancer. ICD-10 contains more than 140,000 codes, according to the Centers for Disease Control
. ICD-11 is set for release in 2017 and will reflect the continually changing face of health care in the United States and around the world.
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