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MRA Thought of the Day – Coders, Use Those Resources

        In today’s electronic world, coders have a variety of technology tools to make their jobs easier. These applications boost coder productivity while also improving code quality and accuracy. With the inevitable implementation of ICD-10, the reliance on coding technology will become even more prevalent—and important. Here are key coding resources every […]

Changing Roles for Coding Professionals

Role changes are on the horizon for coding professionals. With the implementation of Computer Assisted Coding (CAC), ICD-10 and Hospital Value-based Purchasing (HVBP), clinical coding will take on different forms and new responsibilities. Traditional coding careers may transition to auditors, data analysts or even clinical documentation improvement / integrity specialists (CDIS). Coders → Auditors Coders […]

Eight Tips to Win Coding Denials

How to Successfully Navigate Appeals Even with the temporary suspension of RAC reviews, hospitals continue to deal with insurance denials from a multitude of third party payers. Responding to these coding denials is time consuming. HIM, revenue cycle and coding professionals are further frustrated when they believe their cases were correctly coded from the start. […]

Coding Quality Points to Ponder

Nothing is more dangerous than an incorrect code. Whether in ICD-9, ICD-10 or CPT, your organization’s coding practices must be ethical, complete, accurate and compliant. So how are you measuring coding quality today? Which of the following best practices do you use? Perform periodic internal coding quality audits. Review all new hire records until coding accuracy standard […]

The ICD-10 Verdict is in…7 strategies from MRA

Every lesson learned is a step forward. This past week’s decision by the Senate certainly provided a few new lessons for hospitals. First and foremost, we are reminded to “never say never”. And secondly, we can now take a breath and contemplate how to respond. Serious questions now emerge for everyone. The first of these […]

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