AAPC Shares Results of 75,000 Audits

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March Workshop Details the Findings

Improper coding or documentation may be costing your practice revenue.

AAPC (http://www.aapc.com), the leader in credentialing the business side of medicine, has prepared an upcoming March workshop to share important lessons learned after more than 75,000 nationwide audits. The audits were conducted by AAPC Physician Services (AAPCPS) and reveal valuable data on common mistakes in medical coding and documentation.

“We took a particular interest in our evaluation and management audits,” said AAPCPS Managing Director of Audit Services Stephani Scott, CPC, RHIT. “We found that E/M coding and documentation tended to be slightly more accurate in primary care settings as opposed to the specialty practices, but both left a surprising amount of room for improvement.”

In addition to teaching how to avoid common coding and documentation mistakes, the AAPC workshop will offer:

  •     Expert tips on conducting internal audits and advantages of external audits;
  •     Key strategies for improving documentation and coding compliance;
  •     Solutions to common pitfalls with electronic medical records;
  •     Secrets to deal with grey areas in the ’95 E/M coding guidelines; and
  •     A complimentary audit checklist tool to ensure the most effective audit possible

“Improper coding or documentation may be costing your practice revenue,” said Angela M. Jordan, CPC, author of the workshop. “Worse, you may be exposing your practice to tremendous compliance and financial risks.”

The workshop is 4 hours long, offers up to 6 CEUs, and will take place in more than 40 cities nationwide. For full details, locations, and workshop registration, please visit the event page: http://www.aapc.com/workshops/auditing-secrets-to-success.aspx. For information on AAPCPS audits, please visit their services page: http://www.aapcps.com/services.

About AAPC:
AAPC (http://www.aapc.com) is the nation’s largest training and credentialing association for the business side of medicine, with more than 119,000 members representing physician offices, outpatient facilities, and payer environments. AAPC certifications validate the knowledge and expertise of health care professionals in disciplines including medical coding, auditing, compliance, and practice management. They include the industry-leading Certified Professional Coder (CPC®), Certified Professional Medical Auditor (CPMA®), Certified Professional Compliance Officer (CPCO™), and Certified Physician Practice Manager (CPPM®), along with more than 20 specialty-specific coding credentials. AAPC also provides a wide variety of continuing education, resources, and networking opportunities.

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