Health Information Management

Encoders: Crutch or tool?

Briefings on Coding Compliance Strategies, October 1, 2010

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Like most coders facing stringent productivity standards nationwide, those working at the William W. Backus Hospital in Norwich, CT, use an encoder. The encoder, now seen as a necessity in today’s hospitals, leads coders through a sequence of questions to a final diagnosis code. However, as with most automated solutions, human intelligence should be the last check for accuracy, experts say.

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