Helping people is the number one reason for doing what you do as a medical provider. However, a close second is getting paid for your services. Getting paid timely and accurately is an essential element of having a successful practice and that success starts with your coding professional.
Due to ongoing changes in CPT codes and the complexities of medicine, inaccurate coding remains one of the main causes of lost revenue for a medical practice. This truth highlights why hiring the right coding professionals, with certifications to fit your practice, is so important.
While all healthcare coders receive training, only certified professional coders are recognized as leaders in their field. Outsource Receivables, Inc hires certified medical codes to ensure we are providing the highest level of competency to our clients.
Certification means a coder has a track record of excellence in the field and has been recognized by a national board or agency such as the American Association of Professional Coders (AAPC).
Why Certification Matters
- Certified medical coders help practices navigate the oftentimes complex maze of legal and regulatory requirements in healthcare
- Accurate coding is the financial foundation for a medical practice and ensures prompt and accurate payment for the business.
- Changing demands and added complexity in the CPT codes and the level of scrutiny insurance providers render makes the job of a certified coder even more important in previous years.
- Certified coders are required to take ongoing classes to maintain their designation.
One Certification Does Not Fit All
Certified Professional Coders do not have all the same qualifications and expertise’s. Some of the different expertise’s to consider include:
- CCS-P (certified coding specialist—physician-based)
- CPC (certified professional coder)
- COC (certified outpatient coder)
- CRC (certified risk-adjustment coder)
Other traits important in a skilled coder include:
- Analytical skills
- Curiosity and interest in ongoing learning
- Interpersonal skills
- Technical skills
The Bottom Line
The ORI difference encompasses many areas that will help your practice go from crisis to profit. The bottom line is our team of professionals will improve your office’s efficiency and reduce cost.