Saturday, 4 March 2017

Medical Billing Terminology - D & E


Date of Service (DOS): The date when a provider performed healthcare services and procedures.
Day Sheet: A document that summarizes the services, treatments, payments, and charges that a patient received on a given day.
Deductible: The amount a patient must pay before an insurance carrier starts their healthcare coverage. Deductibles range in price according to terms set in a person’s health plan.
Demographics: The patient’s information required for filing a claim, such as age, sex, address, and family information. An insurance company may deny a claim if it contains inaccurate demographics.
Durable Medical Equipment (DME): This refers to medical implements that can be reused such as stretchers, wheelchairs, canes, crutches, and bedpans.
Date of Birth (DOB): The exact date a patient was born.
Downcoding: Downcoding occurs when an insurance company finds there is insufficient evidence on a claim to prove that a provider performed coded medical services and so they reduce or remove those codes. Downcoding usually reduces the cost of a claim.
Duplicate Coverage Inquiry (DCI): A formal request typically submitted by an insurance carrier to determine if other health coverage exists for a patient.
Dx: The abbreviation for diagnosis codes, also known as ICD-9 codes.


Electronic Claim: A claim sent electronically to an insurance carrier from a provider’s billing software. The format of electronic claims must adhere to medical billing regulations set forth by the federal government.
Electronic Funds Transfer: A method of transferring money electronically from a patient’s bank account to a provider or an insurance carrier.
Evaluation and Management (E/M): E/M refers to the section of CPT codes most used by healthcare personnel to describe a patient’s medical needs.
Electronic Medical Records (EMR): EMR is a digitized medical record for a patient managed by a provider onsite. EMRs may also be referred to as electronic health records (EHRs).
Enrollee: A person covered by a health insurance plan.
Explanation of Benefits (EOB): A document attached to a processed medical claim wherein the insurance company explains the services they will cover for a patient’s healthcare treatments. EOBs may also explain what is wrong with a claim if it’s denied.
Electronic Remittance Advice (ERA): The digital version of EOB, which specifies the details of payments made on a claim either by an insurance company or required by the patient.
ERISA: Stands for the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974. This act established guidelines and requirements for health and life insurance policies including appeals and disclosure of grievances.

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