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Each procedure that your doctor or other health care provider performs has a billing code. This code is called the CPT code or Current Procedural Terminology. Providers use these codes when they submit claims to insurance companies or Medicare. The code determines how much your provider will be paid. Because there are thousands of billing codes, mistakes can happen. These billing errors can be fixed if you call the mistake to the attention of the provider. By changing the codes, providers can get paid differing amounts of money. When providers use the correct codes for the procedures actually done, they get paid what they are due. … Back to Article

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