Corporate Compliance

Pay-per-view: Help your hospital’s compliance by using specialized IR staff

Compliance Monitor, June 27, 2007

Mary Washington Hospital in Fredericksburg, VA, has a busy catheter lab where physicians perform numerous cardiac catheter and interventional radiology (IR) procedures. However, all of the complex operative reports from the lab pass through the hands of just two coders in the 12-coder department. The trend of using dedicated coders to handle specialized operative procedures is not unique to Mary Washington Hospital. In fact, it's becoming increasingly common due to the highly specialized nature of surgeries such as IR, which include continually evolving procedures, as well as coding guidelines that change frequently to keep up with medical trends.

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