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    Today I went to work and we have a scheduler thats made a comment, why do we have to change cpt codes .?, why dont we just code whats on the booking, thats what we get authorization for. I responded with a smile- and walked away. Procedures change, more codes/less codes , waiting on path for correct dx, etc , codes do change in ASC . Has anyone ever been asked such a stupid question ?just had to type this to let some steam out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by trent123 View Post
    Today I went to work and we have a scheduler thats made a comment, why do we have to change cpt codes .?, why dont we just code whats on the booking, thats what we get authorization for. I responded with a smile- and walked away. Procedures change, more codes/less codes , waiting on path for correctd, etc , codes do change in ASC . Has anyone ever been asked such a stupid question ?just had to type this to let some steam out.
    Ignorance is bliss.

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    yep, sad thing is some ASC places may bill whats on booking, sad thing is they are losing revenue

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    No I was told by a billing co-worker that "anyone" can code!!!!!!!!! She didn't even know what a modifier was!!!! LOL

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    I have also heard the "ANYONE CAN CODE" scenerio. My favorite so far was when one of physicians ( we have a group of 40+ physicians ) looked straight at our lead coder and said ," I dont know what I would do without my transcriptionist, she is not interchangeable unlike your job...anyone can do coding ." I was STUNNED!!! I am glad I wasn't there because I might have opened my BIG mouth.
    Unfortunuately the company I work for never recognizes coders and the hard work we do. I get tired of being underappreciated BUT am happy to have a job.

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    It's the 90-second radio commercials that get me, "become a medical coder in 9 months." Although they make my job sound easy, I've found that those coders who are doing a good job and striving for compliance rarely think of their job as easy.

    Sorry to hear this; it's a stigma that several professions endure--we just happen to be one of them!

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    Yes I have heard that also. Fortunatly I work in a surgery center that does know that not everyone can Code. I was just audited and did well high 90's The docs do appreciate my work and constant strive for compliance and accuracy. Unfortunatly I am the only ASC coder and was able to go on vacation but there was not anyone to do my job. So I came back to double the work. So that just proves my point that not every one can Code!!! Hang tough.
    LG CPC,CASCC

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    Only coder myself, and I was told never can take off at end of month. Never!, they like to close out as much as possible with coding just about everything. I told them no operative report it will not be coded. They thought I was joking , serious- I am talking about higher up people that work there, I am not complaining about my job.I love my job, like the people I work with, and get along with doctors very well , but it seems like they think coding is an ease, just look it up in a book and thats all to it, I was told . Really ? so you dont have to know what is bundled, what dx goes with what , CCI EDITS,Cross Walks ,modifers,just look in book, thats all we do - yeah right -

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    Find them money and they pay attention. I try to focus on one major issue at a time. I had a doctor once who was a great coder say that he wanted to get his CPC and what did the test cover. I told him and he said never mind. I have had a few suggest that they do do not need education they just need books so I have brought out my ICD-9, CPT and HCPCS and that is the end of that.

    Good Luck
    Dee
    CPC, CPCO, CPMA, CPCD

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    Responding with a smile

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