Our Medical Information Department is under the umbrella of Fiscal Services (our VP is the CFO), but we are not under the same directorship as the billers (Revenue Cycle). Within our Med Info Department is Professional Coding, Facility Coding, Medical Records and Transcription. The facility coders are broken down into Inpatient and Outpatient teams, with some doing ICD-9 coding only (the charges are captured in the department, i.e. lab, rad, PT, OT) and some doing procedure coding, such as vascular, surgical, etc, where a chargemaster couldn't accurately capture the services. There is also a team that does inpatient DRG assignment.
Our Professional coding team does only physician coding; the team is divided into facility physician coding (for example, hospitalists, intensivists, etc.), specialty coders (such as pulmonary medicine, surgical specialties), coding educators and auditors, and coding assistants who are responsible for charge entry and administrative duties.
Pam Brooks, MHA, CPC, PCS, COC
Dover, NH 03820
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