As the world offers more distractions, don’t let your work ethic and integrity fall by the wayside. The healthcare industry demands the highest ethics and integrity, especially when it comes to protected health information. But it’s important to take those values as seriously in the other aspects of your job, as well. As coders, we ...
What do you do when coding productivity is more important than ethics at your workplace? Q: I have noticed AAPC has an abundance of information regarding coder ethics, but not very much information of how the ethical coder is to react in a “not-so-ethical” environment.  Many of the coders I know are employed in an ...
Follow Stage II meaningful use and HIPAA security guidelines when sending ePHI. By Vernessa Fountain, RHIA, CTR Stage 2 of electronic health record (EHR) meaningful use requires secure messaging, using certified electronic health record technology (CEHRT), to be sent to more than 5 percent of unique patients (or their authorized representatives) who are being seen ...
Mar 1st, 2013
By Ida Landry, MBA, CPC Knowing coding and billing rules, and following them with integrity, is key to success. Compliance is an important part of medical coding. Novice coders are instructed early on that “correct coding is the No. 1 objective,” and “if it isn’t documented, it wasn’t done.” These rules of thumb are the ...
May 1st, 2008
10 Telltale Signs a Health Care Provider Is Not Interested in Compliance by Robert A. Pelaia, Esq., CPC Believe it, or not, there are still providers in the health care industry who do not take compliance activities seriously. The Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) list of ...