Coding is one of the core functions of healthcare providers and, due to the complex regulatory requirements impinging upon the health information coding process, coding professionals are frequently faced with ethical challenges. There are stringent medical guidelines in place for the entire gamut of coding practices which include issues such as the privacy of patient healthcare data, accuracy, and regulation compliances.
This series of tutorials will help medical coders get comprehensive information about the standards of ethical medical coding norms and assist them in making ethically decisions in the workplace; these parameters can help evaluate the coding professionals’ commitment to integrity during the coding process.
Following are the set of guidelines recognized by AHIMA for ethical medical coding:
Accuracy and Consistency:
Coding professionals and managers shall apply accurate, complete, and consistent coding practices for the production of quality healthcare data. They should