One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Designate (a medical procedure or insurance claim) with a lower value.‘an insurer who systematically downcodes professional charge submissions for critical care services’no object ‘we cannot turn to Medicaid to pay if Medicare downcodes’
- ‘So, some of physicians charges for critical care services are automatically downcoded and some are not.’
- ‘Several lawsuits by providers charge Aetna and other insurers with programming their systems to ‘downcode’ claims, resulting in reduced reimbursement.’
Rewrite or convert (programs or software) into a lower level language.‘some of the libraries written into C were downcoded into assembly’
- ‘They've downcoded the MP3 from 40kbps to like 24kbps.’
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