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Why we need 1,170 codes for angioplasty

Wall Street Journal (subscription required), November 11, 2008
Government regulators are expected soon to overhaul the aging coding system that doctors and hospitals use to bill insurers. Many in healthcare say the switch is necessary, but that it could initially cause headaches for consumers and their doctors. Hospitals, insurance companies and many doctors say the planned coding system is necessary to keep up with the host of new medical developments that emerge every year. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services says the new system will allow doctors to include more details on patients' medical records.