WK#8 DQ#2 MAT-116 - billing procedures. Coding the ailment...

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WK#8 DQ#2 Coding Inpatient and outpatient coding is different and probably does complicate the coding process because it is different. Outpatient coding is coded the same as physician office visits are, with the primary diagnosis or reason for the patients visit to the physician being listed first. Inpatient coding differs in that the principal diagnosis or the diagnosis after examination and the reason for admitting the patient into the hospital is coded first. I believe it would help to unify the coding process and make it less complicated and confusing if the coding process was the same for inpatient and outpatient coding and
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Unformatted text preview: billing procedures. Coding the ailment first and then a more complete diagnosis, seems to make more sense to me. To inform all parties needing to know that the procedure and or treatment was done in the hospital verses as an outpatient, the letter H could be added to the coding process or even HOS as a prelude. With the many different rules and regulations of coding Inpatient, outpatient, Medicare, Medicaid, Tricare and Champva; simplifying the coding process to accommodate all types of billing rules could save time and money and change our health- care system for the better nation wide....
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This note was uploaded on 10/11/2010 for the course MAT 116 AAGN098SN3 taught by Professor Britt,j during the Spring '10 term at University of Phoenix.

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