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Coding questions answered: Consults, ABNs, and more

Receiving proper reimbursement and staying within compliance guidelines are two of the most important responsibilities of your job. Consultant Ruth Dolby, president of Dolby Healthcare Consultants, LLC, in Stoughton, MA, says office managers ask her more questions about how to code accurately than they do about any other topic. If you're like many coders and office managers, you likely have a list of coding questions that's a mile long. Below, Dolby and Joe Rivet, CPC, CCS-P, revenue manager for Henry Ford Health System in Detroit, answer a few frequently asked questions.