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New Guide Helps Transform Coding and Billing Departments to Ensure Accurate and Complete Medical Coding

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Innovative educational DVD from Harry & Maia Productions teaches communication skills needed for medical coders and billers to win physician buy-in.

PORTLAND, Ore., June 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The average patient has no idea that a recurring sinus infection, broken collarbone, or even a routine physical exam represents only a small piece of a complex healthcare information system known as "medical coding." Every time you visit your healthcare provider, he or she must assign a medical code, or sometimes multiple codes, for your condition before submitting a claim for insurance reimbursement.

Ensuring those codes are accurate and complete is critically important – it translates into better patient care, additional cost efficiency, and fewer delays in getting insurance claims paid. But accurate medical coding is easier said than done.

Changes brought about by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 mandated that the health care industry change the way it reports medically necessary services for reimbursement. As a result, CMS has officially announced a forthcoming interim final rule that would set the new compliance date for the implementation of ICD-10 as Oct. 1, 2015. There will be about 68,000 specific medical codes – compared to the existing coding system with 13,000 specific medical codes.

Whether or not ICD-10 is implemented, medical billers and coders can benefit from learning how to get physician buy-in, which is covered in a new educational kit. The kit contains an instructional DVD, leadership discussion guide, and a laminated at-a-glance summary of the key points, and is entitled How to Get Physician Buy-In: A Medical Coder and Biller's Guide to Overcoming Physician Objections.

Developed by a health information expert with 20 years of health information management experience, this DVD aims to help ease transitions and tensions for medical coding experts with the doctors, other providers, health systems, and clinic staff with whom they work. But this isn't your typical monotonous training film with talking heads. Just because medical coding isn't sexy doesn't mean it can't be humorous, entertaining and informative.

How to Get Physician Buy-In: A Medical Coder and Biller's Guide to Overcoming Physician Objections provides informative, effective strategies to help coders work together with physicians to ensure accurate coding. Professional actors portraying realistic scenarios in a clinical setting illustrate what to do – and what not to do – to ensure patients' medical codes are assigned and recorded correctly.

With busy patient schedules and various demands on their time, doctors don't always understand the importance of accurate coding. Since much of the burden for accurate assignment of medical coding falls on the shoulders of health providers, coders need to work in tandem with doctors to ensure success, and adherence to coding standards for the benefit of everyone.

Each kit (DVD, leadership discussion guide, and five laminated at-a-glance cheat-sheets which summarize the key points) costs $249. For more information or to place an order, visit


Stephanie Schroeder

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