ICD-10 implementation brings with it a host of concerns and relative anxiety to medical practices of all types. Until offices have begun to use the new guidelines, and fully assimilated their reporting and claims processes, there will be a period of uncertainty. Continue reading
The advent of CPT, HCPCS codes and especially the latest ICD-10 codes foreshadow a logistical nightmare for most healthcare facilities. In addition to their primary focus – caring for their patients – they will now have to manage an immense amount of paperwork. For most of these companies, the answer should be simple. Use a third-party vendor medical coding service to handle the coding so they can concentrate on their core competency – caring for the sick and injured. Continue reading
At surface level, medical coding seems simple enough: specific numeric values are applied to all medical diagnoses, symptoms, procedures, drug reactions, procedures and other medical services and events. However, coding is a far more complex maze of proceedure than most would hope. Given that physician reimbursement, hospital payments, quality review, the collection of medical data and many other industry processes are wholly reliant upon proper coding, accuracy is paramount.
While always a difficult process, medical coding has become a highly technical skill that requires trained specialists. New regulations over the last few years have made medical coding more complex than ever, making outsourcing a very practical solution, whether cleaning up a billing backlog or on a permanent basis. Continue reading
Physicians and hospitals depend upon accurate medical coding to ensure they are properly paid by patients and insurance companies. Coding is a very time-intensive, precision-oriented procedure, and errors caused by understaffed facilities or improperly trained coders can cost healthcare providers thousands of dollars a year. While medical coding is an integral part of business practice in all facilities, coding in doctors’ offices can be different than coding in hospitals and other larger institutions. Continue reading
Outsourcing your medical coding work to a coding company is a simple way for your organization to complete coding work in a timely manner during unconventional hours. You can reduce expenses associated with employing coding employees by letting an outside company manage their employment. Remote medical coding can have significant benefits that improve your company’s position. Continue reading
We’ve all heard the jokes about Doctors’ bad handwriting! As mainstream as those jokes are, it can be a very real concern for staff to input that information into a patient’s medical record. They do not have time to research in a text book what exactly the doctor is trying to convey and mistakes are simply not tolerated in any form. Health Information Management (HIM) has seen explosive growth due to these concerns of inaccuracy. Along with that growth has also been a freedom of sorts to the healthcare provider as they can now concentrate on the patient and their individual care. Continue reading
With the October 2015 deadline for transitioning from ICD-9 to ICD-10 looming for health care facilities, the need for qualified medical coding services workers is high. In addition to this, hospitals and other health care providers have to effect other changes necessitated by the Affordable Care Act. An ideal solution is to outsource medical coding services or use an agency to recruit medical coders. Continue reading