Definition of downcode in English:

Share this entry


Pronunciation: /ˈdounkōd/


[with object]
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
More example sentences
  • Several lawsuits by providers charge Aetna and other insurers with programming their systems to ‘downcode’ claims, resulting in reduced reimbursement.
  • So, some of physicians’ charges for critical care services are automatically downcoded and some are not.
2 Computing Rewrite or convert (programs or software) into a lower level language: some of the libraries written into C were downcoded into assembly
More example sentences
  • They've downcoded the MP3 from 40kbps to like 24kbps.



Example sentences
  • In the same letter, they pointed out that there is no support for this practice - termed ‘downcoding ‘- in either Oxford's provider manual or New York state law.’
  • Downcoding is common among family physicians.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: down·code

Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.