I would love to agree with you on that. Unfortunately, not every clinic is running this way yet. In the clinic that I am at currently does not have the previledge of getting the chart with the superbill to enter charges. Most companies hire employees that do not have any billing or coding background and the "corporate view" is that they are trusting the physicians are checking off the correct office level and writing or checking off the correct ICD-9 to it's highest specifity. This causes a major problem. If the clinics do not have someone that recognizes or that can catch potential mistakes in billing other than the physician, there are higher rates in denials. I am saying this from experience. I also feel uncomfortable creating claims with just a superbill and no documentation to double check to make sure that there is nothing missed.
Together, we Professional Coders need to convience "Coporate Thinking" of the importance of having Professional Coders employed with in clinics as well as off site. The Professional Coders in the clinics can catch errors before they are made and the off site Professional Coders and focus more on Audits and Education, etc....
Chastity Nault, CPC
HIM Professional Services Coder - Remote