Making sure that a patient’s account has integrity from start to finish is not only ethical, it has a trickle-down impact to finance, decision-making, clinical protocols, research outcomes and external reporting. If an organization has multiple incorrectly coded accounts, it could lead to additional audits, compliance risks and fines.
That’s where coding integrity comes in.
Coding integrity is an integral part of the revenue cycle and should align with an organization’s overall strategic mission. Coding integrity partners with revenue integrity and case management to validate patient admission, discharge and transfer data that influence outcomes, such as where the patient was admitted from or discharged to.
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