Setting ASC Coders
Up for Success
For ASCs to maintain a steady cash flow, coders must deliver timely, accurate and optimized coding while remaining compliant. To accomplish these objectives requires ASCs to provide coders with a few essentials.
1. Up-to-date coding references and/or current coding software for:
- Specialty references (orthopedics, anesthesia, GI, etc.)
- Internet access
2. Complete, accurate and timely medical records, including:
- detailed patient identification information including name, address, telephone number, Social Security number, birth date, insurance information, insurance authorization;
- current history and physical;
- detailed provider’s procedure report;
- anesthesia records;
- receipts for pre-procedure payments made by patient (e.g. copay, deductible, co-insurance);
- description of any payment arrangements (e.g. promissory notes, payment plans);
- implant log, if applicable, including invoice for implant; and
- pathology log, if applicable.
3. Space where coder can concentrate, along with:
- up-to-date software with research capabilities;
- access to senior level coder for complex cases;
- reference library; and
- applicable names/telephone numbers of providers, pathology laboratory and anesthesia providers.
To designate the appropriate procedure codes and modifiers and to determine the diagnosis to the highest level of specificity, a coder may need to access any or all of this information. Comprehensive, timely, accurate and compliant coding will help ensure your ASC receives its deserved revenue promptly.