In my company we have been having a consulting firm coming in to inform us on some changes our practice/hospital is going to have to make within the next 3 years. I guess I am confused and would like to find some additional information.
In one part of this meeting we discussed how the physican will have to code all their own work , the E/M, the Procedures ( if any done ) and the diagnosis coding. I completely understand the E/M and procedures but I can tell you from my experience there is NOOOOOO WAAAAYYY all our doctors is going to know how to do anything with diagnosis. In fact they are very vocal to the administration that, "This is the coders job, not my job."
I asked, " Will we be able to change the diagnosis codes if the doctor used the incorrect codes?" The consultant acted like there was no way we could change the diagnosis without actually consulting the physican before we change it to the correct code. My question is...why in the world would we not be able to change it to the correct diagnosis code without the Dr granting me his permission? The doctor has no clue about the diagnosis codes and they will admit they dont. Granted, some of my doctors are decent with diagnosis coding but dont know all the coding rules for this and that.
Is this true this is a government mandated thing where the dr is going to have to do all this own coding including the diagnosis codes? This makes me question if they are even going to need me in the future for my job? Is a computer going to do my job for me?
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