Advance: The Coder’s Role in the Revenue Cycle
Some medical coders are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them. In fact, many coders enter the health care industry in a different capacity and find coding is “thrust upon them.” Brenda Edwards, CPC, CPMA, CPC-I, CEMC, vice chair of AAPC’s Chapter Association Board, recently authored an article for Advance for Health Information Professionals that outlined the many responsibilities coders often need to juggle within a practice, and specifically how those duties impact the overall revenue cycle.
“After the patient encounter has occurred, a coder must understand how to translate the provider’s documentation into the procedure and diagnosis codes that most accurately represent the services performed,” she wrote. “Getting hands-on with the codes could be compared to finding the missing pieces of a puzzle.”
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