Family Practice Medical
Family Practice/Family Medicine
Every family practice faces billing and coding challenges. Rapidly evolving technologies and increasingly complex treatment protocols including primary care, general practice, disease prevention and E & M services make family medicine coding, billing and reimbursement extremely challenging for the general practitioner. Family medicine coding is complex and requires experienced, trained and certified coders to accurately code the preventive procedures and common chronic illnesses such as hypertension, angina, diabetes, asthma, COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease), depression, anxiety, back pain, arthritis, thyroid dysfunction, family planning, vaccinations etc.
Medisys Data Solutions brings over 15 years of family medicine coding and billing experience to your practice. Your family medicine practice needs the skills and experience to handle complex preventive procedures. We at Medisys Data Solutions are recognized in family practice coding and billing.
Below are a few steps from Family Practice billing professionals
- Reduce human error: Double checking the codes is very important as the family medicine codes are complex. Frequently used codes can be memorized and used by coders to avoid human error.
- Monitoring updates on family practice coding: Keeping abreast with the coding updates by maintaining ICD 10 CM, PCS, HCPCS, CPT code books is imperative. CMS website publishes frequent updates to the coding rules and guidelines. The AAFP (American Academy of Family Physicians) publishes frequent newsletters. Frequent reference to CMS websites and subscriptions to articles will keep the providers updated on family practice coding.
- Accurate Documentation: Incorrect or inaccurate documentation delays the reimbursement cycle of claims. Documentation gaps in preventive procedures may lead to revenue losses for healthcare providers.
- Quality checks and audits: Regular quality checks and frequent audits of coding is a must to avoid repetition of errors. There needs to be open communication between physicians, coders, billers. General practitioners need to be educated by coders and billers frequently used ICD and CPT codes by the practice and denials/rejections.