A CCSD code is used by insurance companies to identify a medical procedure.
An Orthopaedic surgeon, for example, understands what a Multiple arthroscopic operation on the knee (including meniscectomy, chondroplasty, drilling or microfracture) is.
But it’s a lot to put on an invoice every time you produce one!
Put the CCSD code W8500 on the invoice instead. It will identify that specific procedure.
So where do you find a code?
A CCSD code is found on the CCSD website: www.ccsd.org.uk
The Clinical Coding and Schedule Development Group (CCSD) consists of representatives from the five major healthcare insurers – Aviva, AXA-PPP, BUPA, Vitality and Simply Health.
The group’s main purpose is to maintain a common standard of procedure codes. The codes reflect current medical practice and are published as the CCSD Schedule.
The various insurance companies will, therefore, recognize such codes.
Whilst the example W8500 above will be recognized, it does not come with a suggested fee.
The fee payable for each code is up to the individual insurance company concerned.
To find the correct fee for the code, the insurance company concerned should be contacted.
When an invoice is then sent to the insurance company for payment, the code should appear on the invoice. Both the code and the fee will match that expected by the insurance company.
If alternatively, you do NOT use CCSD codes payment will be substantially delayed if made at all!