Don’t blame physicians for coding

Doctors will figure out the best way to financially optimize any reimbursement system. So when you’re talking about “over” coding, blame the system, not the players:

The CPT coding system was devised to distribute resources according to the effort required. Somebody underestimated the effort required by primary care and most especially the degree of risk assumed in primary care. But fraud is not worth it at our compensation rates. Physicians are smart enough to figure out whatever stupid system of regulations is thrown at them. Don’t blame the physicians, blame the inadequacy of the regulation.

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