Hi Roxanne, I don't know how helpful I can be on this subject but here goes: Usually each facility has a person or persons in charge of the chargemaster. It is a series charge code numbers that directly correlate with the CPT codes used for coding. The CPT codes would be put in 3M, for example, as "soft codes" byt the coders and then the correlating chargemaster (CDM) codes would go into our billing software, Siemens, for example. In our case here (at a VERY small rural hospital), if we are coding an ER chart, for example, and come across a code that is not in our chargemaster list, we would e-mail the person who is in charge of the chargemaster (CDM) and request that a code be built for this CPT code so that we can bill out the chart. Here the person in charge of our CDM has many additional duties as we are very small. But I would imagine that at a larger facility, there would be plenty of work for the person in charge of the CDM - such as additions, deletions, maitaining, etc. Does any of that help or am I just rambling on?
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