AT Reports Coding and Reimbursement Survey Results
Aylward and Caine (2008) report on the Academy's Coding and Reimbursement Committee survey with regard to training on coding and reimbursement issues. 267 audiology students from 29 AuD programs responded to the survey. Ninety-nine percent of the student respondents were enrolled in residential programs (i.e., not distance-ed) with roughly equal representation across 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th years of doctoral study. Of the respondents, 19% had completed a formal course addressing coding and reimbursement. Of those without formal course work, 36% of 3rd year and 52% of 4th year students reported practicum-based exposure to coding and reimbursement issues. Aylward and Caine reported that 75% of respondents believed their programs did not provide enough coursework and information on coding and reimbursement. The authors noted that coding and reimbursement education fosters maximal reimbursement, autonomous audiology private practice growth, and additional business management knowledge and skills. Ignorance of proper coding and reimbursement protocols can lead to investigations, hefty fines, loss of earned revenue and potentially, and the loss of the business itself.
For More Information, References and Recommendations:
Aylward, A. and Caine, M. (2008): Survey Says: Students Are in Need of More Information About Coding and Reimbursement. Audiology Today. Volume 20, Number 4. Pgs 43-44.