Radiating Hope: Radiology Department Blog


Coders Are Behind the Scenes in Radiology

Post Date: October 3, 2017
Coders Are Behind the Scenes in Radiology

Coders in our Radiology Department ensure accurate ICD-10 coding (or diagnosis codes) on Radiology claims, as well as secure authorizations for high-tech imaging (Nuclear Medicine, CT and MRI). This can sometimes prove challenging given the constant changes in insurance coverage policies. Many times we act as liaisons between our Radiology Department, specialists and primary care physicians. For instance, when we receive clinical information and it does not necessarily match the imaging order, the coders are responsible for contacting the ordering physician’s office to resolve or verify what images are truly needed.

There is a lot that goes on behind the scenes to secure insurance authorizations for radiologic scans, from researching and gathering clinical information to facilitating peer to peer reviews. Our goal as Radiology coders is to ensure that our families have one less thing to worry about and receive the best care possible.

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About the author: Alex Towbin

Alex is a radiologist and the Neil D. Johnson Chair of Radiology Informatics. In this role, he helps to manage the information systems used by the Radiology department. Clinically, Alex is the Assistant Director of thoracoabdominal imaging. His research interests include liver disease, liver tumors, inflammatory bowel disease, and appendicitis.