“Day-to-day operations in a medical practice involve significant amounts of clinical documentation and medical claims information. Ensuring accuracy of that information via regular audits — to ensure all processes and transactions are functioning appropriately — is an imperative for both risk mitigation and revenue cycle management.”Veronica Bradley CPC, CPMA, Insight Article, MGMA, March 2, 2020
The Value and Purpose of Medical Coding Audits
Beyond identifying accidental or unknown “fraudulent” billing, there are other benefits to conducting an audit of your billing procedures.
Audit for education
As Veronica states and we’ve observed, encounter/chart reviews (“audits”) often provide a base for education – for providers, coders, billers, and practice managers. Proper coding for billing purposes has many potential points of failure. These “pain” points impact both compliance risk and revenue. These failure points can include:
- Insufficient clinical or procedural documentation
- Improper use of CPT and ICD-10-CM codes
- Lack of modifiers
- Missed billing opportunities
Audit to improve your reimbursements
The article also lists audit topics that impact your practice’s revenue stream.
Audit topics that impact your practice’s financial health can include:
- Inefficient payer reimbursement
- Payer rules that limit, delay, or reject your billing
- Payer downcoding
- Errors in claims scrubbing
- Trends in denials
Audit to reduce risk of payer audits
Performing your own documentation, coding, and risk audits will also provide you a view of the possible areas of risk if you were visited by a Recovery Audit Contractor (RAC) or any type of payer audit.
Resources from the OIG
For more compliance resources, here is a list from the Office of the Inspector General (OIG).
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