December 11, 2009, Newsletter Issue #209: Up Coding

Tip of the Week

Hospitals often shift the charge for a lower-cost service or medication to one that's more costly. For example, a doctor may order a generic drug, but you are charged for a pricier brand name. Or your diagnostic code may reflect a more serious condition requiring more costly procedures. You can double-check the doctor's orders against the diagnosis to make sure it is consistent with the procedures listed on your bill. These codes can be found on the web at

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