Insurance companies use medical coding to detail a medical procedure.
For example: an Orthopaedic surgeon will understand what a Multiple arthroscopic operation on the knee (including meniscectomy, chondroplasty, drilling or microfracture) is.
That is a lot to put on an invoice!
The CCSD code W8500 will identify the procedure.
Put this code on the invoice instead.
Codes can be found on the CCSD website:
The Clinical Coding and Schedule Development Group (CCSD) consists of representatives from the major healthcare insurers.
The Group’s purpose is to maintain a common standard of procedure codes.
A CCSD code is imperative IF a surgical episode is required.
The patient should quote the code to his or her insurance company when pre-authorisation is being requested.
However, be warned.
The example above of W8500 does not come with a suggested fee.
The rate for each code is up to the individual insurance company. You need to contact them to discover what fee they will pay for each.
When an invoice is sent to the insurance company, the code should appear on the invoice. It will reconcile to that expected.
If you do NOT use CCSD codes payment will be delayed if made at all!
Without a CCSD code, you will not be able to invoice electronically anyway!