Medical billing and coding can be somewhat arduous for radiologists. In addition to staying current with regulations in the industry, radiologists also need to track individual Payer changes. As you are aware, billing and coding are important facets of any medical organization. Fortunately, there are several steps that Radiologists can take to help ensure they stay on track with these processes.
Have a Thorough Audit Program
One of the best ways to ensure your staff or billing company is following the correct coding procedures is to utilize an audit program. It is imperative that errors are identified in claims before they are submitted. By having accurate Coding, payments and reimbursements will return at a faster rate. Also, a radiology practice should also expect fewer appeals and denied claims if they are double-checking their claims.
More Education for Your Staff
If you have an in-house billing team, ensure that your entire staff is certified in Coding. In addition to being certified, they also maintain their credentials. Your organization should closely monitor this to guarantee compliance. If you elect not to outsource your billing, you need to ensure that your staff is always up-to-date on their coding certifications. If you do outsource, you should also do your due diligence and make sure that the outsourced company’s personnel has the necessary certifications to perform services for you.
Emphasis on Your Charge Capture Process
Charge capture is a crucial component for reimbursement and the success of the revenue cycle. This process is the gathering of information needed for a medical claim document. By not having a quality charge capture process in place, Coding will likely suffer as a result. This can ultimately lead to a loss of money for your organization.
Develop A Relationship With Your Billing Company
It cannot be overstated how important it is to keep regular communication with your billing company. As stated before, there are changes in billing procedures all of the time. When there are any changes, whether it is in regards to protocols or equipment, it needs to be communicated immediately to the billing company.
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