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What would you do? Know your ethical obligations

Briefings on Coding Compliance Strategies, August 1, 2009

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In late June, Johns Hopkins’ Bayview Medical Cen¬ter in Baltimore agreed to pay nearly $3 million to settle allegations by two of its inpatient coders that the hospi¬tal’s physicians reported secondary diagnoses they had not identified or treated, according to a June 30 press re¬lease from the United States Attorney for the District of Maryland.

Do you know what ethical guidelines coders in your facility follow? How about whether they understand how they should and/or can proceed in ethically challenging situations? If you answered “no” or “I don’t know” to ei¬ther question, perhaps it’s time to revisit the topic.

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