Medical coding errors can have a significant impact on the revenue cycle of healthcare providers. These errors can result in claim denials, delayed payments, and potential legal issues. Healthcare providers need to be aware of common coding mistakes and take steps to avoid them. 

The need for precise coding is paramount, given the repercussions of errors or oversights- such as rejected claims, reduced payments, penalties, fines, and potential takebacks. Healthcare providers and revenue cycle managers who are vigilant can mitigate coding issues that might otherwise harm their revenue. Safeguarding your organization against these six common coding problems enables everyone involved to successfully submit error-free claims and secure accurate reimbursement.

Six Medical Coding Mistakes that can impact revenue in the medical revenue cycle:

Not Coding to the Highest Level of Specificity  One of the most common coding mistakes is not coding to the highest level of specificity. This means that the code selected does not accurately reflect the services provided or the condition of the patient. This can result in underbilling and lost revenue for healthcare providers. 

Poor Quality or Missing Documentation  Another common coding mistake is poor quality or missing documentation. Accurate coding relies on detailed and thorough documentation. Without proper documentation, coders may not be able to accurately code the services provided, leading to billing errors and lost revenue. 

Undercoding  Undercoding occurs when a coder assigns a code that does not fully capture the complexity of the services provided. This can result in lower reimbursement for healthcare providers. Undercoding can also lead to missed opportunities for additional revenue. 

Not Using Updated Code Sets  Medical coding is constantly evolving, with new codes and guidelines being introduced regularly. Not Using updated code sets can result in inaccurate coding and potential revenue loss. Healthcare providers need to stay up-to-date with the latest coding guidelines and use updated code sets. 

Overusing and Incorrectly Using Modifiers   Modifiers are used to provide additional information about a service or procedure. However, overusing or incorrectly using modifiers can result in claim denials and lost revenue. Healthcare providers should ensure that modifiers are used appropriately and in accordance with coding guidelines. 

Not Checking NCCI Edits  The National Correct Coding Initiative (NCCI) edits are used to prevent improper coding practices. Not checking NCCI edits can result in coding errors and potential revenue loss. Healthcare providers should regularly check NCCI edits and ensure that their coding practices comply with these guidelines.

Partnering with Globe Centrix will help healthcare providers address their medical coding mistakes by providing expertise and solutions that optimize the coding process. This partnership will help improve the Medical Revenue Cycle by reducing coding errors, optimizing reimbursement, and enhancing overall revenue cycle management.