BY SUSAN GATEHOUSE, RHIT, CCS, CPC, AHIMA-APPROVED ICD-10/PCS TRAINER
Think that coding for emergency department encounters is a straightforward proposition? Well, think again.
Much is demanded of ED coders, including the ability to quickly interpret key elements in physician documentation and make accurate code assignments — all while meeting lofty productivity expectations. Missteps in the fast-paced, high-volume ED environment can lead to significant impacts on billing, reimbursements, and even patient care.