BC Advantage - 2012 Issue 7

Coding High!

By Susan Berman"I never code a level five (5) service. I don't want to be audited." "All of my patients are complicated, I never code anything under a level four (4); most new patients are easily 99205 or 99245. They are very involved."These two statements have been uttered by more doctors than I could possibly count. Surely you've heard them too! But, what are they really saying? That's what we should explore. As coders, support staff, auditors, managers, and compliance personnel, we should be listening to these statements and offering a more in-depth understanding of what those...

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