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    I'm considering a coding job at a facility (combined hospital & outpatient clinic) where the policy is to "trust the providers are coding correctly." They submit claims without a coder ever seeing the documentation, which might not even be completed before the claim goes out the door.

    I'm not sure why coders exist if they're going to trust the provider. It seems to me they'd lose a lot of money for coding errors.

    What do you think?

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    Columbia, MO


    I would not take a position like that. It is not really that I do not trust a providers coding... it is that it is my job to do the coding and I will not try to pass someone elses coding as mine. I will not try to guess that the codes in front of me are correct, I need to see the documentation to know what the codes are.
    Last edited by mitchellde; 04-01-2011 at 06:23 PM.

    Debra A. Mitchell, MSPH, CPC-H

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