Pre-order Sale Explained

Ordering your medical coding books during a pre-order sale is obviously an opportunity for you to save money, but the reason isn’t just because the price is lower.

Every year, each code set (ICD-9-CM, HCPCS, and CPT®) is updated with new, revised and deleted codes. The revisions, deletions and additions try to account for any changes in procedures, diagnosis, and the materials used during care. There are often hundreds, if not thousands, of code changes that are revised to better account for the health status and the treatments patients receive.

Coding book publishers are only given general time lines for when the updated sets of codes will be approved and released to the public. Because the coding books are dependent upon the updated codes, books cannot be printed until the codes are released.

  • ICD-9-CM codes are released either July or August, but ICD-9-CM code changes go into effect October 1 each year. Books are shipped in September.
  • HCPCS Level II codes are released in November. Books are shipped in December.
  • CPT® codes (which are owned by the AMA) are released in September. Books are shipped in November.

Because coders will need their books before the new codes go into effect (October 1 or January 1), publishers have to decide, in advance, how many books to print. Publishers want to offer the best prices they can on coding books, but if they print too many of them, then the cost goes up for everyone. If there are too few books printed, then the price also goes up. This is why pre-order sales are so important to the coding industry. Publishers give the coders who order their books early a discounted price because it helps them understand how many books they need to print (hopefully not too few and not too many).

If more coders would order their books during the early-bird sale, enough books would be printed to meet everyone’s needs, and there wouldn’t be too many printed which creates waste and increases costs for everyone; the right amount of books would be printed at the lowest possible price.

Order yours coding books today to be sure you get the best discounted price.

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