Bridging the gap…between the business of medicine and the practice of medicine.
March / April 2009: Accurate Billing and Coding
On the surface, coding seems to be an exercise in reductionism. Face-to-face visits between a healthcare professional and real-life people are reduced to numbers and letters that indicate diagnoses and treatments. Those numbers can seem insignificant when compared with the actual lives they represent.
But that doesn’t mean that coding is not important. In fact, coding now has implications that go far beyond reimbursement. Claims data is now used for conducting quality improvement projects, tracking healthcare trends, rating health organizations and physicians, and monitoring compliance with rules and regulations.
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