Understanding Hospital Billing and Coding - 2nd Edition - ISBN: 9781437722512, 9781437722529

Understanding Hospital Billing and Coding

2nd Edition

Authors: Debra Ferenc Debra Ferenc
eBook ISBN: 9781437722529
Imprint: Saunders
Published Date: 2nd July 2010
Page Count: 672

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A comprehensive, approachable guide to hospital insurance billing and coding, Understanding Hospital Billing and Coding, 2nd Edition covers everything hospital billers need to know, from patient admission to accounts receivable management and HIPAA. It builds on your knowledge so that you can make a successful transition from the physician/outpatient environment to the hospital setting. Written by coding expert Debra P. Ferenc, this book covers the hospital regulatory setting, the structure and functions of hospital departments, patient accounts and data flow, the billing process, coding, claim forms, reimbursement, accounts receivable management, HIPAA requirements, and much more.

Key Features

  • Over 300 illustrations and graphics bring important concepts to life.
  • Practice hospital cases let you apply concepts to real-life scenarios.
  • A department-by-department overview of hospital structure shows how hospitals really work.
  • Detailed chapter objectives highlight what you are expected to learn.
  • Key terms, acronyms, and abbreviations with definitions are included in each chapter.
  • Key Points boxes reinforce key concepts.
  • Test Your Knowledge exercises reinforce lessons as you progress through the material.Comprehensive presentation of the UB-04 includes section-by-section explanations and a comparison between the CMS-1500 and UB-04.
  • Detailed explanations of HIPAA, hospital coding, and various payer systems prepare you to enter the field of hospital billing and coding.
  • Chapter summaries review key concepts.
  • Review exercises in each chapter reinforce your understanding and improve your retention of important concepts.
  • Exercises on the companion Evolve website simulate a hospital billing and coding environment and provide another method of learning procedures by drawing from source documents – such as application of registration, Charge Description Master (CDM), and the patient invoice.

Table of Contents

  1. Hospital Introduction
  2. Regulatory Environment
  3. Hospital Organizational Structure and Function
  4. Patient Accounts and Data Flow
  5. Billing Process
  6. Accounts Receivable
  7. Diagnosis Coding
  8. Procedural Coding
  9. Coding Guidelines & Applications
  10. Claim Forms
  11. Third-Party Payers
  12. Government Payers
  13. Prospective Payment Systems


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About the Authors

Debra Ferenc

Debra Ferenc