Health Information Management

Wound care coding and billing: Address compliance risks

Briefings on APCs, May 1, 2008

Lingering coding and billing difficulties, 2008 CPT/HCPCS changes, and OIG scrutiny promise to keep facility-based outpatient wound care coding and billing staff members on their toes. Develop an action plan to make the necessary changes to your internal policies, procedures, and chargemaster, then educate and audit to ensure revenue optimization and compliance success. "You need to be educating and auditing regarding your hospital outpatient wound care services," said Gloryanne Bryant, BS, RHIA, RHIT, CCS, senior director of systemwide coding HIM compliance at Catholic Healthcare West in San Francisco. Bryant spoke during HCPro's February 19 audioconference, "OPPS Wound Care Coding: Answers to Your Toughest Questions."

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