Home Health Coding Services: Outsourcing to Avoid Errors
Home health coding is important in identifying and translating health care providers’ documentation, applying the correct industry code, and formulating and submitting a clean, accurate claim. Home health agencies considering whether to keep those services in-house or to partner with a home health coding company them should consider the advantages of saved time and fewer coding errors.
More than 3,000 ICD-10-CM changes went into effect on October 1, 2016. These changes included 1,974 new codes, 311 deleted codes, and 425 revised codes as well as many changes to ICD-10 tabular instructions. In any given year, several hundred codes could be added, dropped, or changed.
Errors can cost your agency thousands of dollars. Trying to juggle a number of responsibilities, coders may develop routine habits and rely on memorized codes rather than assigning more precise codes. This can lead to inaccuracies that result in more time lost because avoidable errors have to be corrected.
Outsourcing home health coding services gives your agency both speed and accuracy to decrease turnaround time and increase reimbursement. HEALTHCAREfirst offers home health coding services for agencies of all sizes. Our certified, experienced, and knowledgeable coding experts ensure your agency can focus on patients instead of paperwork associated with in-house coding. Contact us today to see how we can assist your agency with home health coding services.