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mwells2020

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Does anyone know of a form that providers can sign authorizing, myself, as a CPC to bill a charge for them if they would forget to do it themselves? All of the providers that are in the practice I work for have all told me verbally that they trust my coding and that if anything needs changed or added that I can do it on their behalf. I would just like to have a signed document to cover myself. Does anyone know of an existing form? I realize having the CPC gives me a little bit of authorization, but in an audit, I just want to make sure I am covered. Thank You!
 

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Other than employer policy, anyone (certified or not) can code a service. Legally, the providers are responsible for the codes submitted. Due to this, many large employers (mine included) have a policy that other than the clinician, anyone else coding must be certified. The insurance company doesn't care who coded it, only that it is accurate.
 

mwells2020

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So what about in an audit? Do I need any authorization signed or am I good to code with just verbal authorizations?
 

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I have never ever ever experienced an insurance audit where they cared (or even looked) who coded or submitted a charge. You don't need any authorization.
I suppose in a fraud legal investigation they might dig further, but again, anyone is permitted to code and the clinician is legally responsible.
 
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