The impact of conservative coding – Part 2

Getting to the clinical truth is the real purpose of coding, according to our two experts on this episode of our award-winning podcast. We’ll continue our discussion on avoiding defensive coding practices and improving clinical data and reimbursement.


Guest speakers:
Jim Tamburini, BS, RHIT, CCS, CCS-P, CDIP
Senior Consulting Director


Sheila Bowlds, MBA
Senior Consulting Director


Tomas Villanueva, DO, MBA, FACPE, SFHM
Clinical Operations and Quality


Show Notes:

[01:15] Fear of denials: the basis of conservative coding practices

[01:55] Proactive coding

[02:32] Getting to the true clinical story

[04:11] Physician involvement in getting to the truth

[06:22] Dealing with patient safety indicators (PSIs) and hospital-acquired conditions (HACs)

[08:47] Vizient’s support

[10:38] Clinical language vs. coding language

[12:08] Issues around copying and pasting


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