Advance: Conducting an Internal Coding Audit

Internal audits provide important information to assure a practice is running liability-free and efficient, according to a recent article in Advance for Health Information Professionals. AAPC ICD-10 trainer Jeri Leong, RN, CPC, CPC-H, CPC-I authored the article and gives readers that top 10 steps to get the most from an audit.

“Define the scope of your audit. It’s important to determine what types of services to include in your review. You may want to audit only Evaluation and Management services, or you may want to also include surgical procedures, modifiers and ancillary testing. Will your audit be prospective or retrospective to claim submission? A baseline review can be a good place to start if you’ve never conducted an audit. A baseline audit can provide information about the medical record itself as well as coding practices,” she says.

To see all 10 steps, read the full article here.

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