Roaming coders offer fast feedback

Instituting "roaming coders" in the group practice system at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston is slashing the lag time between when a service is performed and when the bill is coded and ready to send out, according to an article in Hospital Access Management, a sister publication of Managed Care Strategies.

The practice switched from sending bills to centrally located coders to placing coders at the practice's various office sites. This enabled them to address issues such as missing signatures immediately.

As a result, the practice's internal medicine department cut three days off its processing time for an account, and the pediatrics department has cut 2.2 days off processing.