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What Is a Medical Revenue Code?

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Medical revenue codes are four-digit numbers used by medical billers and coders. Any charge on a bill for medical services must have a medical revenue code attached to each charge. Insurance companies use these codes to determine which procedures will be covered by insurance and which will not.

Information Given by Revenue Codes

Revenue codes tell insurance companies the type of services patients received, the types of supplies used and the department in which services were rendered. For example, a charge for an emergency room visit for urgent care would carry revenue code 0456. If the patient received an IV drip, the charge would be attached to a revenue code between 0260 and 0269.

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