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Physician engagement is key to coding accuracy

Briefings on Coding Compliance Strategies, May 1, 2013

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William E. Haik, MD, FCCP, CDIP, a practicing ­pulmonologist and director of DRG Review, Inc., in Fort Walton Beach, Fla., says he first ­became interested in coded data in 1986 after a local newspaper ­published his hospital’s costs, length of stay, and mortality rates for simple ­pneumonia. At the time, he was the only pulmonologist in the local area. The patients he treated were often those with multiple comorbidities as well as gram-negative bacterial pneumonia who had been transferred from two smaller facilities in the county.

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