Coding Compliance Policy
The most important part of a coding compliance program are the standards supporting it. The organizations standards of conduct provide the ethical culture expected of all employees. Coding professionals should also understand and abide by AHIMAs Standards of Ethical Coding (See AHIMA Standards of Ethical Coding.
Coding policies and procedures serve as guidelines for coding and billing functions and provide documentation of the organizations intent to correctly report services provided. The policies should include requirements for accurate, complete, and timely documentation and coding practices as well as incorporate the laws and regulations governing coding. Complying with these policies is key in preventing coding errors or reimbursement problems.