Understanding ICD-9-CM Coding: A Worktext, 4th Edition

  • Mary Jo Bowie Mount Wachusett Community College, Gardner, MA
  • Regina M. Schaffer
  • ISBN-10: 1305502582  |  ISBN-13: 9781305502581
  • 800 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2012, 2010, 2006
  • © 2015 | Published
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Gain confidence in ICD-9-CM diagnostic and procedure coding across medical specialties with this comprehensive, hands-on worktext. UNDERSTANDING ICD-9 CM CODING: A WORKTEXT, 4th Edition has been fully updated to the latest code sets and guidelines for coding and reporting, with plenty of practice exercises, case studies, and full-color illustrations of anatomy and procedures to help you master ICD-9-CM coding. Includes a chapter on the coming transition to ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS.

Features and Benefits

  • Key Features – Faculty: Presents material in an organized fashion that informs your students of the outline and objectives of the chapter and then presents key terms, with definitions throughout the chapter.
  • Covers all aspects of ICD-9-CM coding including diagnostic and procedural coding.
  • Includes a chapter on ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS coding systems.
  • Coding Assignments and Case Studies provide immediate “real-world” application of skills.
  • Coding Guidelines and examples are highlighted for easy reference.
  • Full-color anatomy and surgical procedure illustrations.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction to Coding and Coding Professions.
2. An Overview of ICD-9-CM.
3. ICD-9-CM Volume Organization.
4. ICD-9-CM Coding Conventions and Steps in Coding.
5. Coding Guidelines.
6: Infectious and Parasitic Diseases.
7. Neoplasms.
8. Endocrine, Nutritional, and Metabolic Diseases and Immunity Disorders.
9. Diseases of the Blood and Blood-Forming Organs.
10. Mental Disorders.
11. Diseases of the Nervous System and Sense Organs.
12. Diseases of the Circulatory System.
13. Diseases of the Respiratory System.
14. Diseases of the Digestive System.
15. Diseases of the Genitourinary System.
16. Complications of Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Puerperium.
17. Diseases of the Skin and Subcutaneous Tissue.
18. Diseases of the Musculoskeletal System and Connective Tissue.
19. Congenital Anomalies.
20. Certain Conditions Originating in the Perinatal Period.
21. Symptoms, Signs, and Ill-Defined Conditions.
22. Injury and Poisoning.
23. V Codes-Supplementary Classification of Factors Influencing Health Status and Contact with Health Services.
24. E Codes-Supplementary Classification of External Causes of Injury and Poisoning.
25. Introduction to ICD-9-CM Coding.
26. Operations in the Nervous System.
27. Operations on the Endocrine System.
28. Operations on the Eye.
29. Operations on the Ear.
30. Operations on the Nose, Mouth, and Pharynx.
31. Operations on the Respiratory System.
32. Operations on the Cardiovascular System.
33. Operations on the Hemic and Lymphatic System.
34. Operations on the Digestive System.
35. Operations on the Urinary System.
36. Operations on the Male Genital Organs.
37. Operations on the Female Genital Organs.
38. Operations and Obstetrical Procedures.
39. Operations on the Musculoskeletal System.
40. Operations on the Integumentary System.
41. Miscellaneous Procedures and Interventions.
42. ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS.
Appendix A: ICD-9-CM Official Coding Guidelines for Coding and reporting.
Appendix B: Anatomical Diagrams.
Appendix C: Partial Answer Key to Textbook Exercises.
Appendix D: Exercises for EncoderPro.

What's New

  • NEW to this Edition Faculty Features: Fully updated with the most recent code changes and the ICD-9-CM Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting.
  • Includes medical abbreviations relating to body systems.
  • Contains a new section in diagnostic chapters on comparison of ICD-9-CM to ICD-10-CM.
  • Includes 59-day access to—Expert, Optum’s powerful coding software.
  • MindTap available, including an ebook and interactive learning activities for each chapter.

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Efficacy and Outcomes


"I would recommend this textbook. It contains many features that would enhance the student’s learning of the basics for coding as well as information on the diseases and surgeries within that chapter. The graphics are well done which is also an additional learning tool. Some students are visual learners and these pictures help them to better understand the diseases/procedures and how that understanding affects the code assignment."

— Della Moon, RHIT, CCS, CTR, Instructor, Health Information Management, San Jacinto College-North


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Meet the Author

Author Bio

Mary Jo Bowie

Mary Jo Bowie is the owner of Health Information Professional Services in Binghamton, New York, which has provided medical record consultative services for various health facilities for more than 25 years. She served as an instructor in Health Information Technology Programs for more than 20 years, teaching such courses as Inpatient Coding, Ambulatory Care Coding, Quality Assurance, Survey of Healthcare and Computers in Healthcare. Ms. Bowie is now the Health Information Management and Medical Coding program director at Mount Wachusett Community College and an associate professor. She develops all course content within the curriculum, including ICD-9-CM and ICD-10-CM/PCS courses, CPT/HCPCS courses, Introduction and Advanced Health Data courses. Ms. Bowie is a registered Health Information Administrator and an accredited Health Information Technician. She is an active member of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) and is also an AHIMA ICD-10-CM/PCS-approved Train the Trainer. She served on the New York State Health Information Association Board of Directors from 1989 to 1991 and was education director and on the Ambulatory Coding Guideline Committee. Ms. Bowie was the New York State nominee for the National Award for Literacy Contribution to Profession, 1993 and 1994. She is a National and Regional speaker on ICD-9-CM, CPT and ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS, as well as a trusted course writer for Cengage Learning. Ms. Bowie holds an Associate of Arts Degree, a Bachelor of Science Degree and a Master of Science Degree. She has conducted more than 50 national training seminars on ICD-10-CM/PCS coding.

Regina M. Schaffer

Regina Schaffer is a Reimbursement Educator Specialist for United Health Services in Johnson City, New York. She works with approximately 45 providers educating them on both ICD-9 and CPT® coding. Ms. Schaffer also works as a consultant in Binghamton, New York and is an instructor in the Health Information Technology Program at Broome Community College. Ms. Schaffer is an active member of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) and the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC), past secretary for the local AAPC Chapter from 2000 to 2002 and is a frequently requested speaker on ICD-9-CM and CPT® Coding. Ms. Schaffer co-authored UNDERSTANDING ICD-9-CM and UNDERSTANDING PROCEDURAL CODING with Ms. Mary Jo Bowie. She is an accredited Health Information Technician, a Certified Professional Coder and holds a Bachelor of Science degree.