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In Coding, Documentation is Vital – Ophthalmic Professional

Welcome! Ophthalmic Professional is starting a new column. Each issue will feature either Patricia Kennedy or myself presenting you with material on coding and reimbursement. Our goal is to give you timely information to actively help you with this often-confusing subject.

Coding knowledge may seem like an obvious job requirement now, but 15 years ago I wouldn’t have thought as much. Our job, I thought, was simply to “take care of patients” and coding was for the insurance staff. Like it or not, it’s incumbent on technicians to know general coding principles. Our position on an eyecare team uniquely qualifies us to help our practices. The rules don’t change much over time, but they do change. Some of these changes, such as ICD-10, will have tremendous impact and require planning. The documentation you provide will be critical when ICD-10 is enacted.

This article addresses the following topics:

  • The Biggest Mistake
  • The Information You Need

This article was published in Ophthalmic Professional’s Coding column, and written by Corcoran’s Senior Consultant, Paul Larson, COE. To view the entire article in Ophthalmic Professional, click on the link below:

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