October 20, 2011
In my own words how, HIPPA, ICD, CPT, and HCPCS influence each of the ten steps of the medical billing process is that when it comes to medical billing and the coding process, there is a special task that must be completed by the billing staff members of any medical facility, whether it is a small doctor’s office or a large hospital. They must provide quality care in the mean while protecting the patients’ privacy and expediting the payment of services rendered. There are ten steps to this process: pre-registration, establish the financial responsibility, the checking in and checking out of patients’, reviewing the coding compliance, checking the billing compliance, preparing and transmitting the claims, monitor payer adjudication, creating patient statements and the handling of collections. HIPPA policies are carefully reviewed by the patient’s informing them of the process necessary in transmitting their claims and the facilities devotion to their confidentiality. Now the ICD is the patient’s condition which needs to be kept confidential according to HIPPA law, as well as the CPT and HCPCS which show the dates of service and specific procedures. All of the records need to be kept confidential so that is how they influence each other in the ten steps of the medical billing process. Medical billers and coders must be sure that all of the patient’s information is correct with the proper codes for billing purposes and to ensure devotion to confidentiality when billing and inputting in the files.