Medical Billing

Medical billing is rife for the chance to commit error. It is full of codes that must be submitted for claims to recoup costs of various services rendered in the medical world. The number of diagnostic codes has skyrocketed from 17,000 to over 60,000 in the past few years, creating a huge burden for medical billers. All it takes is one typo – one missed letter or number – for the code to refer to a completely different service, resulting in a completely different cost. If error is committed, and it was completely unintentional, then medical facilities may only face civil liability. But if it was done with the intent to defraud the federal government and receive money that was unearned, it is a crime – one that has been heavily investigated and prosecuted by the FBI and Department of Justice, respectively.