4 tips to improve ASC physician documentation
Physician documentation accuracy can be the deciding factor in whether an ASC is paid promptly and correctly. Even small errors can lead to denials, payment delays, and possibly non-payments for services rendered.
Follow these four recommendations to help improve the accuracy of your physicians' documentation.
- Encourage detail. Remind your physicians that they should include as much detail as possible in their dictations. ICD-10 greatly expanded the set of diagnosis codes when it replaced ICD-9. This expansion in the quantity of codes brought with it an expansion in detail. The more detail physicians include in their dictations, the more likely it is that coders will code to the highest-level permitted, thus better ensuring your ASC receives the highest appropriate reimbursement.