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Tip of the week: Consider revising your productivity rate in light of the POA indicator

HIM-HIPAA Insider, October 2, 2007

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The present-on-admission (POA) indicator may cause productivity levels to initially decrease. Plan for this reduction by taking the following steps:

Step 1: Track the number of records that each coder codes (including the POA) daily over a period of one month. Take the average of those amounts.

Step 2: Compare this amount to the average number of records that were coded (excluding the POA) in the same time period the previous year.

Step 3: Adjust your productivity rate accordingly.

This tip was adapted from the October 2007 issue of Medical Records Briefing. For more information, click here.



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