Expert Tips for Coding and Auditing Operative Reports

Expert Tips for Coding and Auditing Operative Reports

Posted by Lori A. Cox
Mar 3, 2020 12:10:15 PM

Many of you reading this probably already know that operative reports are used to document the details of a surgery. These reports are dictated immediately following a surgery, then later transcribed and become part of a patient's medical records.

Yet when the term “auditing” comes up in our world of healthcare, many of us have been trained to think of Evaluation and Management (E/M) services, and not the auditing of operative reports. And that should really come as no surprise, considering E/Ms are what most of us spend the majority of our days working on.

But to ensure a well-rounded compliance program for your facility, the auditing of operative reports (and the codes selected for billing) should be labored over just as much as you already do for your E/M services. But the truth is, that’s not how it always happens.

But whether you’re currently auditing your surgeons on a regular basis, or the thought of auditing operative reports gives you severe anxiety, we’ve got a ton of best practices we’re excited to share with you. And all of those tips will be in our new new webinar titled, “How to Accurately Dissect an Operative Report,” where I, Lori Cox, Regional Director of AAPC Auditing Services, will discuss a number of topics, including:

  • Dissecting an Operative Report
  • Surgery Medical Necessities
  • Assistants, Residents, and Co-Surgeons
  • Anesthesia and other Global Components
  • Surgery Modifiers

The presentation will be held on March 19 at 1 PM ET, and seats are already filling up, so be sure to register today.

Webinar Details Here >>

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