"I have had the privilege of working with HMI for twenty plus years and have always found their representatives to be professional and knowledgeable in all aspects of acute hospital and professional service charge master management. Additionally ongoing coding related reviews and billing reviews and associated report backs are timely and positively impact appropriate revenue capture - billing - and compliance." "I recommend HMI to be considered when choosing a partner to assist with the...
Greg Yost, PFS Director Princeton Community Hospital, Princeton WV
We have utilized HMI Corp. since 2002 for consultation services related to chargemaster review and updates and have always found their services to be professional of nature and valuable to our organization.
David Alley, CFO Athens Regional Medical Center, Athens TN
We recently transitioned to HMI from another Physician Documentation & Coding Compliance Review vendor, and the entire experience has been positive. HMI has been extremely accommodating throughout the process and has demonstrated a willingness to adapt to our workflows, leading to a seamless transition. We’ve received positive feedback from our providers about their experiences with HMI, and the Coding Hotline has been an invaluable resource. For anyone looking for a new consulting partner,...
Dawn Chrismer, RHIT, CHC, CCS-P Director of Business Services/Compliance Officer Heritage Medical Associates, Nashville, TN
HMI has been a very reliable resource for Princeton Community Hospital for many, many years. I have had the opportunity to work with many staff members and have found all to be reliable and courteous in every aspect. The staff is very flexible and provides Princeton Community with the support and coding stability needed. Thank you for the sometime short notices for coding coverage when unexpected situations arise with our staff. We thank you for your coding expertise as well as your...
Denise Moore, CCS Coding Manager Princeton Community Hospital
I’ve worked with HMI employing them to conduct audits of physician documentation and coding. They have consistently produced quality work in a very timely fashion with reports that were well written and easy to understand. Communication has always been prompt and effective. I have such confidence in their work that, over the years, I brought them from my prior location to my current location. I would recommend HMI to anyone in need of accurate and timely coding or auditing.
Robert C. Kay, RRT, MBA, MJ, CHC, CPC-A Chief Compliance Officer St. Christopher\'s Hospital for Children
“I have had the privilege of working with HMI over the past 10+ years with two different health systems. I have used HMI for hospital CDM and compliance reviews as well as physician coding reviews and education. I always receive top-notch service from the HMI team and I appreciate working with a partner that is always honest and responsive to my questions and needs. I have worked with Mary Quimby and Vickie Faler and both have proven to be very knowledgeable, accessible, and...
Rodney Adams, MMCH, Associate Administrator of Finance Williamson Medical Center
HMI has been a great partner with MedStar Washington Hospital Center now for many years. We can always count on them to provide us with support on small to very large projects. HMI delivers consistent and honest results and additionally provides very thoughtful & targeted education to our physicians.
Purvi Jani AVP Reporting and Revenue Cycle MedStar Washington Hospital Center
Having worked in healthcare revenue cycle for more than three decades, I have partnered with many vendors. My vendor of choice for CDM Review, E/M Coding Compliance and Physician Education is without a doubt HMI, LLC. Mary Quimby and Vickie Faler are not only subject matter experts, they are true partners providing that extra level of service that sets them far above others in the industry. I have worked with them for 15+ years in 5 different acute facilities, and multi-specialty physician...
MaryAnn Hastings, CPMA, Director Revenue Cycle Operations, Galen Medical Group
We have been working with HMI since 2010 and have expanded the use of their services to include CDM and ED Coding. The HMI coding staff is extremely knowledgeable and has become an integral part of our coding team. Our consultant Beth never shies away from any CDM project that comes her way. We appreciate the professionalism and teamwork we have with HMI.
Janet Willis, Director of Revenue Management, Monadnock Community Hospital
We have utilized HMI’s for chargemaster compliance and billing reviews for nearly 10-years. We have always found that their staff to be knowledgeable, resourceful and professional in all services provided to our organization.
Jessica Mayfield, Manager Revenue Management University of Missouri Health Care
The Importance of Hiring a Licensed Medical Contract Coder
Licensed Medical Contract Coder for Healthcare
The American Association of Professional Coders (AAPC) is America’s largest medical coding training and credentialing organization for healthcare contract coders.
Today, we’re explaining the importance of hiring a licensed medical contract coder for your organization.
Affordable Coding Without Compromising on Quality
Sometimes, outsourcing a job to a remote worker leads to issues with quality or security.
Medical organizations, of course, cannot afford to compromise on quality or security.
That’s why good licensing is crucial. Good licensing ensures your outsourced medical contract coders meet a certain minimum set of requirements for quality and security.
At the same time, these outsourced specialists cost significantly less than in-house employees. Your organization is saving money with no discernable drop-off in quality. That’s a net win for any organization.
Multiple Licensing Specializations Are Available
Some licensing requirements are too broad to be genuinely effective. The AAPC, however, provides multiple types of certification to address multiple aspects of the healthcare industry.
Types of AAPC certification available today include:
· Medical coding certification
· Medical billing certification
· Medical auditing certification
· Medical documentation
· Medical compliance certification
· Practice manager certification
· Specialty medical coding certification
Healthcare has become increasingly complex. Specialized AAPC certifications help licensed medical contract coders stay on top of the latest changes.
Instead of hiring a generalist to do a specialized job, it’s now easier than ever to hire a specialist to perform a specialized job.
Demand for Medical Coders is Rising, and Licensing is More Important Than Ever
Medical coding is one of the fastest growing professions in the United States. Job growth for medical records and health information technicians, which includes medical coders, is projected to grow 13% by 2026, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook. That’s significantly higher than the average growth rate among all other applications.
Of course, this high growth rate is a double-edged sword.
The high projected growth rate for medical coders will force organizations to compete for high-end medical contract coding talent. As demand rises, there could be an influx of inexperienced, unlicensed medical coders into the marketplace. Organizations desperate for medical coders may take a risk by hiring unlicensed coders – only to face serious consequences in the future.
Improved HIPAA Compliancy
Medical contract coders may work for your organization remotely, but they still have to abide by HIPAA requirements.
When you hire an unlicensed medical contract coder, you’re increasing the possibility of a HIPAA violation. Most licensing courses, including AAPC licensing courses, cover HIPAA in-depth to ensure licensed medical contract coders remain compliant.
Ongoing Education is Required
As with many licensing organizations, the AAPC offers ongoing licensing opportunities to help medical coders stay relevant.
The organization allows medical coders to subscribe to lectures throughout the year, for example, and access ongoing continuing education courses.
Certified Coders Are Simply Better at Their Jobs
Put simply, a certified medical coder is a more efficient medical coder. Certified and licensed coders can ensure:
· Coding accuracy and specificity that translates to more efficient processes at every stage of the organization
· Ongoing internal audits to identify high-risk areas and areas of improvement
· Compliancy and security from top to bottom
Other Things to Know About Licensed Medical Contract Coders
Other things employers need to know about licensed medical contract coders include:
Understanding Different Medical Coding Licensing Systems
When searching for a licensed coder, look for the following designations:
CCS-P: Certified Coding Specialist – Physician Based
CCP: Certified Professional Coder
COC: Certified Outpatient Coder
CRC: Certified Risk Adjustment Coder
CPPM: Certified Physician Practice Manager
CPCO: Certified Professional Compliance Officer
CDEO: Certified Documentation Expert – Outpatient
CPMA: Certified Professional Medical Auditor
The AAPC is the World’s Largest Medical Contract Coding Credentialing Organization
In some industries, there are multiple licensing organizations and it can create confusion among employers. Fortunately, medical coding has one clear licensing organization: the AAPC.
The AAPC is the world’s largest training and credentialing organization for the business of healthcare. It has more than 190,000 members worldwide.
The next time you need to hire a medical contract coder, make sure the coder is licensed by the AAPC. Otherwise, you’re exposing your organization to significant risk – and missing out on all the benefits listed above.
HMI Corp is a Leading Licensed Medical Contract Coding Specialist
At HMI Corp, every coder must be credentialed as one of the following: RHIA, RHIT, CCS, or COC.
Because of our credentialing requirements – and for many other reasons – our medical coding specialists are qualified to assist clients quickly and efficiently in a variety of settings. Our team has a proven ability to identify and solve complex medical coding issues.
Our medical coding specialists are experienced in the use of TruCode, Meditech, VISTA, 3M, McKesson, Cerner, Epic, and CHCS/CHCSII. Contact HMI Corp today to discover how our licensed medical contract coders can optimize your healthcare organization.