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No More Empty Beds - Outpatient Surgery Magazine - February 2020

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payer won't even consider a claim that's eight months old. On the other hand, if you audit quarterly, you'll likely be well within that statute of limitations. Another reason to steer clear of annual audits: It's too much information to take in at one time. Important issues are bound to get glossed over. The idea of an audit may make some of your staff a bit standoff- ish and even uncooperative. Remind these folks that auditors aren't there to make coders look bad at their jobs. They're there to make sure your coding and billing procedures are as accurate and beneficial as possible, so the more open and upfront you are with your auditing company, the more efficient the process will be. Remember, an audit isn't personal. It's all about taking corrective action on your policies, not your people. OSM Mr. Lathrop (blathrop@codingnetwork.com), a former education officer for the Overland Park (Kan.) chapter of the AAPC, is the senior compliance audi- tor and coder for the Ambulatory Surgery, Outpatient Hospital and Gastroenterology Division of The Coding Network, a specialty-specific coding organization headquartered in Beverly Hills, Calif. F E B R U A R Y 2 0 2 0 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y. N E T • 2 7

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