Deciphering Medical Bills


No one wants to go to the doctor office or hospital, but sometimes it is unavoidable. After all, things go wrong with the human body—it’s a part of the mortal coil. But when you do have to go, pay attention to the invoice. Believe it or not, there is more information than you can possibly guess.


CPT codes are the numbers that appear on medical bills and invoices. They denote the specific items which the facility is charging you for. As such, knowing what the codes mean can help protect you against a mistake where the medical facility puts the wrong code down.


The costly option is to buy the most current CPT codes book published by the American Medical Association. They publish each year to provide up-to-date access to the changes in codes for that year. However, for people who only need infrequent medical care, an expensive book may not be your best option.


Luckily, there are websites which offer a free CPT code lookup service. Simply take the code you see on the invoice, plug it into the website, and it’ll tell you what the code represents. As confusing as it can be to read CPT codes, free lookup ensures that when you have a a broken leg being set in a cast, you’re not getting charged for a colonoscopy.


Because of the changing nature of CPT codes, when you search for CPT 4 codes lookup make sure the site uses updated information. If you are searching for codes which aren’t coming up, you’re likely using an outdated CPT 4 code lookup search.


If you have any questions about the coding on your bill, you can ask the medical facility who is billing you. While using a CPT code lookup on the Internet can often provide you the information you need, differences between codes as recommended by the AMA and what is used by the medical facility isn’t unheard of. A CPT code lookup, free or otherwise, won’t pick up on these subtleties.


When requesting clarification from a hospital or family doctor to supplement whatever information you’re finding on a CPT codes lookup, please be polite; no reputable facility will be intentionally trying to mischarge or confuse you. Explain either the discrepancy that seems to be present with your bill based on your search; don’t outright accuse the person of wrongly charging you.


Armed with information, you can protect yourself from the cryptic bills which medical facilities give you.


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