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American Medical Association, Elsevier Join to Co-Publish ICD-9-CM and HCPCS Coding Reference Books

Books authored by noted coding author Carol J. Buck

For immediate release:
March 30, 2009

CHICAGO/ST. LOUIS – Two of the biggest names in health care publishing, the American Medical Association (AMA) and Elsevier, have announced an exclusive agreement to co-publish International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-9-CM) and Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) manuals by Carol J. Buck, beginning with the 2010 editions, in fall 2009.

“It’s important that coders at every step of their careers, from training through professional practice, have the tools they need to code confidently and accurately,” said author Carol J. Buck. “With AMA and Elsevier as partners, these books will reach more coding professionals than ever before.”

AMA/Elsevier 2010 ICD-9-CM books will be published in August 2009 in a variety of sizes, formats and prices to meet every need. They will feature exclusive Frank H. Netter anatomical artwork, extensive illustrations, color coded tables and annotations, as well as coding tips, notes and definitions. 2010 HCPCS, available in December 2009, will include many of the same features throughout. Both product lines will be supported by exclusive free companion Web sites offering access to the latest updates, coding tips and links to other valuable coding resources.

“Carol Buck’s ICD-9-CM and HCPCS Professional and Standard editions are best-sellers in medical coding education,” said Michael Ledbetter, Coding Publisher for Elsevier’s Health Sciences Division. “We believe these books will fit perfectly with the AMA’s commitment to making the very best ICD-9-CM and HCPCS products available to their physician members and customers in professional practice.”

“The AMA saw an opportunity to bring this truly superior line of products to the health professionals we serve,” said Robert A. Musacchio, AMA’s senior vice president for Publishing and Business Services. “For years, Carol Buck’s approach to ICD-9-CM and HCPCS has been respected by thousands of students and educators in medical coding, billing and reimbursement. We are proud to collaborate with Elsevier on such highly regarded coding resources.”

Information on obtaining the Books can be found at the AMA Bookstore.

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About the American Medical Association
The American Medical Association helps doctors help patients by uniting physicians nationwide to work on the most important professional and public health issues. Working together, the AMA's quarter of a million physician and medical student members are playing an active role in shaping the future of medicine. For more information on the AMA, please visit the AMA Web site.

About Elsevier
Elsevier is a world-leading publisher of scientific, technical and medical information products and services. Working in partnership with the global science and health communities, Elsevier’s 7,000 employees in over 70 offices worldwide publish more than 2,000 journals and 1,900 new books per year, in addition to offering a suite of innovative electronic products, such as ScienceDirect, MD Consult, Scopus, bibliographic databases, and online reference works.

Elsevier is a global business headquartered in Amsterdam, The Netherlands and has offices worldwide. Elsevier is part of Reed Elsevier Group plc, a world-leading publisher and information provider. Operating in the science and medical, legal, education and business-to-business sectors, Reed Elsevier provides high-quality and flexible information solutions to users, with increasing emphasis on the Internet as a means of delivery. Reed Elsevier's ticker symbols are REN (Euronext Amsterdam), REL (London Stock Exchange), RUK and ENL (New York Stock Exchange).

For more information please contact:

 

Leah Dudowicz
AMA
312-464-4813

John Kinney
AMA
312-464-5007

Tom Reller
Elsevier