Southern California Physician: "Is your office ready for audit?"
Preparing for an audit is burdensome, but will lead to improved claims, cash flow, and compliance. Frequent small audits — ideally a mix of prospective, retrospective, and focused efforts — allow the physicians and practice staff to identify coding issues. Roberta A. Pell, CPC, CMIS shares steps to implement internal audits to help identify incorrect billing patterns before claims are denied, or outside auditors assess penalties. This article is not available online.