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The Future of Knee Repair - February 2016 - Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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3 6 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • F E B R U A R Y 2 0 1 6 Do Your Surgeons and Coders Work in Sync? Tips to get your docs engaged with the business side of surgery. M ost sur- geons make no secret that coding, billing and entering their notes into an electronic record are at the bottom of their priority list, because — natural- ly — patient care is at the top. But just because surgeons would rather care for patients than push papers doesn't excuse them from providing the documentation your coders need to bill procedures correctly and compliantly. If your surgeons' eyes glaze over anytime you mention coding and billing, here are 7 tips to get them to be more engaged with the business side of surgery. Never ambush your docs with surprise demands If you're starting a new policy stating that op reports must be turned in within 24 hours of the procedure, instead of 48 hours, make it a point to schedule a meeting with the surgeons to explain the new demand and why the change is necessary. Stress that you'll receive quicker reimbursements if your coders can get 1 Coding & Billing Harry Lessinger, RHIA, CCS-P • ENGAGEMENT Whether you're discussing a new protocol for op notes or clarifying a claim, involve your docs in your coding and billing process. Pamela Bevelhymer, RN, BSN

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