I think a lot of this has to do with the job description of the coders. I for one am the only coder for a 65+ physician office. I spend most of my time cleaning up the messes on the back end. I would LOVE to have more coders (the providers code for themselves) and take that out of the providers hands; but the clinic partnership has opted not to pay coders to do this. I have mentioned many times that they could cut back in the A/R dept if they would hire more coders, but since we all know coders earn more than an A/R rep, they prefer it the other way. It is not cost effective or preferable in my mind, but the bottom line is I don't own the practice. As far as my job description - it's clean up and education...