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What is a procedure?

A procedure is a medical intervention that remedies injury or illness. Healthcare providers such as nurses and physicians often work in teams in inpatient settings, like hospitals, and outpatient settings, like ambulatory surgery centers, to complete procedures. Procedures can be either surgical or non-surgical.  

The ICD-10 and CPT are coding systems used to report procedures.  


Why are procedures important to healthcare?

Procedures are important because they treat various injuries and illnesses. Procedures are also helpful for physicians to diagnose and uncover the causes of illness. Thus, procedures help patients feel better and stay healthy.