Keywords: Coding, Billing, Reimburshment (PubMed Search)
The insurance companies are always trying to down code our visits so that they can save money, and unless we diagnosis the patients with the appropriate jargon it can cost us a lot of money. Here are some coding suggestions as written by Sharon Nicks, President and CEO of Nicks & Associates in EP Monthly .
|Diagnosis ||Consider Diagnosising It this, if the condition fits|
|Flu/Viral Ilness|| |
|Musculoskeletal Pain|| |
|Otitis Media|| |
The moral of this pearl is try to use words like Acute, Severe, Sudden, Serious, Distress, Pain, or Fever so that it is clearer to the insurance companies that the patient warranted a visit to a physician (i.e.: an ED) before their PCP could see them in a week.