Ongoing coding education has proven to be a necessity in terms of keeping up with the industry’s constantly-evolving learning curve, but how do you ensure your organization is receiving the proper coding education that it needs? This is a question that many HIM Directors and Coding Managers face, especially when efficiency and productivity are top priority. Many departments utilize internal education and in-house training, while others choose to outsource this task in order to broaden their educational options. This often leads to the question of, “how do I make certain that the coding education provided to my team is the most relevant and beneficial?” We believe that there are 2 main areas of focus to consider in order to ensure your team’s educational needs are met.
An important fact to keep in mind is that coding guidelines change every year. This results in the constant need for coding education that facilitates proper documentation and payment to providers. So, whether you are going the internal route or taking the steps to outsource your educational needs, it is essential to make sure that the information being provided to your team is always the most up-to-date. Another factor to consider is how relevant the content is in terms of the specific areas where your team needs improvement. This can be achieved through performing regular coding audits, in order to evaluate the current effectiveness of your organizations coding procedures and processes. At YES, we offer both services in conjunction with one another, which, as a tip to those seeking to outsource, is a sign that you’re headed in the right direction. The end goal here is to not only provide education that will be beneficial to the coder’s day-to-day coding practices, but also focus in on specialized areas that require the most attention.
A big reason that more and more HIM companies are choosing to outsource their educational needs is because of the peace of mind that goes along with selecting a vendor that is reputable within the industry. With many viable options available today, outsourcing coding education takes the pressure and potential added workload off of the provider and puts it in the trusted hands of the vendor of choice. Rather than having to decipher what areas of interest to focus on in order to successfully provide their coders with the necessary education, companies now have the option to contract with a consulting firm that has a reputation for providing a plan of action that is tailored to the specific needs of their team. As an example, our process at YES is one that spans all the way from the preliminary steps of evaluating and auditing, to post-education follow up sessions and coder mentoring. Our automated educational processes make is easy and accessible to obtain the critical knowledge that you and your team will benefit the most from. At YES, our credentialed and experienced team of nationally recognized experts aim to create and implement a plan of action for your team, in order to guarantee they receive ongoing and pertinent coding education. With continuing coding education becoming an industry norm, keeping these important factors in mind when looking to provide your team with ongoing coding education can ensure that your organization stays ahead of the curve.