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Non-Certified coders and medicare

  1. Question Non-Certified coders and medicare
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    Can a non-certified coder code medicare patients? I am having a debate with a few people and wanted to know this? I thought that a noncertifed coder should not be coding for medicare patients. Am I right or wrong?

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    I've never heard that. Usually doctors aren't certified coders and they code all the time.

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    Hi,

    I'd never heard that either. I looked throughout Medicare's website and couldn't find anything that indicated that either. Where did you hear about this? I'd be interested in reading about it.
    Sylvia Thompson, CPC
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    San Diego, CA

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    I think this is a case of misstatement or misunderstanding of the MMA (Medicare Modernization Act). Actually it "required" CMS contractors to have certified coders available on staff.

    Somewhere on this forum we've discussed it previously . . .

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    Thank you all so much for your comments and opinions. I will relay the message back to the people i work with.

    thank you

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