Medical coding is a vital part of the medical billing process, as it assesses each health service that has been provided for a patient and converts it to financial documentation.
Professional medical coders are often experienced with healthcare management and healthcare administration procedures, including health policies, document reviews, and medical analysis.
Medical coders are usually experienced with additional aspects of the medical field, the subject of which will vary between settings.
Different medical services are identified by specific codes in a medical bill, so the medical coders must be accurate when processing the patient’s medical records into these financial codes.
As with any type of financial records, there is a chance for errors to occur.
Medical coding expert witnesses are often brought into lawsuits to provide expert opinion on medical expenses and whether the medical bill in question accurately reflects the services each patient received.
The knowledge of medical practices and terminology is very important, as each code can have a significantly different meaning regarding each branch of medicine.
Often, CPT and ICD-10 coding requires a knowledgeable expert to interpret administrative medical billing.
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