AHIMA Releases Physician Coding Toolkit
Multiple federal healthcare initiatives are competing for the attention of healthcare providers. And while the pain of complying with all of the new demands is spread across any given healthcare setting, physicians face the steepest learning curve when it comes to health information technology implementations. With this in mind, AHIMA has released its new Physician Coding Toolkit.
The toolkit, which is free to members and available for purchase to non-members, can be found online in AHIMA’s HIM Body of Knowledge. It was developed in response to the unique challenges HIM professionals face in a provider practice work environment—specifically in coding.
The toolkit provides information defining the specific code sets used in provider practice, coding guidelines, electronic health record (EHR) and documentation enhancements (including templates, macros, and crosswalks), provider coding workflow, professional coder development, a sample policy and procedure template, attestation statements, standing orders, sample evaluation and management templates, and more.
For the purposes of this toolkit, provider practices are discussed in three primary categories: small provider practices, medium provider practices, and large providers. Small practices are those with one to five providers and may provide single-specialty or multi-specialty services. Medium providers encompass standalone clinics not affiliated with larger healthcare organizations that have six to 20 providers who provide single-specialty or multi-specialty patient care services. Large providers refer to organizations that may have more than 20 providers that may have an independent administrative infrastructure to support billing and verify patient eligibility.