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News: White paper offers tour through AHIMA physician query brief

CDI Strategies, February 5, 2009

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Ask the right query, get the right documentation. While it sounds simple enough, physician queries themselves often seem anything but simple.
 
Well-crafted queries can improve patient care by improving documentation in the medical record. They can also help educate physicians on documentation requirements. And coding professionals also need to be able to ask physicians for more information or clarification to improve the specificity and completeness of the codes they assign in order to receive the right reimbursement. But, in an age where Medicare Recovery Audit Contractors are looking for claims to deny, the ability to ask compliant questions is critical.
 
Editors Note: This brief was excerpted from the white paper, “Master physician queries: Clarify coding with compliant questions” written by ACDIS advisory board member Shannon McCall, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P, CPC-I, director of coding and health information management for HCPro, Inc., Marblehead, MA.
 
The white paper is free. To access it, click on the link, fill out the form, and check off the physician query box.
 
ACDIS is conducting a physician query benchmarking survey through Friday, February 13 at 5 p.m. ACDIS will choose one survey participant at random to receive a free seat at the ACDIS annual conference. To participate, simply click on the link.



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