BC Advantage - 2008 Issue 9

The Top 10 Dos and Don'ts for Medical Coders

The professional Medical Coder/Billing Specialist of today faces many challenges and complexities when dealing with insurance contracts and carriers. The following tips will help pinpoint important concepts that we must continually manage in our fight for proper reimbursement for services rendered.1. Review and copy patient's card at every visit. Verify eligibility, check demographics, and determine benefits and co-pay. One mistake in information can cost the practice precious time and money. 2. Embrace your coding manuals. Even with today's technology, we must review the basics to learn the coding guidelines and use them effectively. Make sure to link diagnosis...

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