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Coding tips wanted

Last post 01-19-2018, 3:25 PM by Sara Redelman. 3 replies.
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  •  06-12-2016, 2:28 PM

    Coding tips wanted

    As a new student in the field of health information management systems with an emphasis on Coding, I was wondering if any seasoned coders would be able to give me any helpful tips and tricks that they've learned over their years of experience that will help me reach my goal of passing the Coder certification. I currently have a background in Medicare but I believe that an insurer background differs greatly from a billing coder. i am hoping that if I start now I have a greater chance of achieving my goals.
  •  08-14-2016, 10:11 AM

    Re: Coding tips wanted

    thanks for this tips really help me alot
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  •  02-23-2017, 11:13 PM

    Re: Coding tips wanted

    Hope these tips are helpful


    Learn the Specialty

    New medical coders often come out of a generalized educational program. This is a good foundation, but if you are working in a specialized practice, such as a radiology firm, you most likely need to dig deeper to understand some of the subtle coding nuances. It is common for office procedures to carry multiple codes, and many times the office staff takes for granted that you know what those procedures and codes are. Spend time with the practice manager learning about the flow of the office and standard procedures so that you do not miss any codes that could prevent the office from being paid properly.

    Look at Previous Coding

    Pull previous superbills and claim forms for the most standard office procedures to see how they have been coded in the past. Do not assume the codes are correct; review the procedures done against the medical record and perform a mini-audit to see if you would code the record in the same way. This often gives you a solid idea of normal office flow and procedure. Note any discrepancies and discuss them with the practice manager.

    Review the Explanation of Benefits

    Review all contested or unpaid explanation of benefits (EOBs) to see if a coding error is to blame. Often transposed digits or simple coder error created the problem. Fix the error and resubmit the record for payment. Discuss large-scale, unpaid EOBs with the billing and office staff to ensure that you are all working as a comprehensive team to get every procedure paid as quickly as possible.

    Coding Materials Access

    Online access to coding books and materials is often included with your school textbook purchases; keep both the books and any online access codes in a safe place so you can bring them to your job. Having quick, reliable access to these materials will help you save much time and frustration as you are starting a new coding position.

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  •  01-19-2018, 3:25 PM

    Re: Coding tips wanted

    I didn't know that we could take our coding books to our jobs and these tips helped me. Thank you!