The study also found that 81 percent of the HIM directors reported their facilities are taking steps to improve Medicare claims accuracy.

HIM directors at medium-sized hospitals reported they are most likely (47 percent) to install new software, compared to 16 percent of those at small hospitals and 35 percent of those at large hospitals. Only 18 percent of the HIM directors taking steps to improve Medicare claims accuracy reported their facility has hired additional coders.

According to the survey, coding experts say doctors and hospitals that don’t prepare now for the upcoming federal crackdown on Medicare billing could face bills amounting to six figures, referrals to fraud enforcers and possible jail time. 

As the Boy Scouts say, “Be Prepared.”

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