Top coding hospitals announced

By Jack Beaudoin
12:00 AM

DENVER – Hospitals in Texas, Mississippi, Missouri and New York top the third annual Top 200 Coding Hospital Report presented by HSS, an Ingenix company. Officials unveiled the list at the American Health Information Management Association’s 78th Annual Conference in Denver.

Wyckoff Heights Medical Center, a 350-bed teaching hospital in Brooklyn, N.Y., took top honors in the major teaching hospital category. In the minor teaching category, Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital in St. Louis, Mo., finished first. Among non-teaching facilities, Bellville General Hospital in Bellville, Texas, and Alliance Laird Hospital in Union, Miss., notched top spots in the urban and rural categories, respectively.

The Top 200 Coding Hospital Report reports the findings of a national study of inpatient coding performance and recognizes the top 200 hospitals in the nation with the most complete and compliant coding practices for the previous year. The study drew upon the 2005 Medicare Provider Analysis and Review file and, after excluding hospitals with higher levels of specializations, analyzed a total of 3,165 facilities.

According to HSS/Ingenix officials, the study “identified hospitals that achieved higher than expected Medicare Casemix Indexes (CMIs), a good indication of effective documentation and coding practices, without engaging in risky practices as measured by our ‘OIG Report Card,’ one of the standard reports included in Hospital INSIGHT, HSS’ analytical and benchmarking tool utilized for this study.”

The full complete study and list of top 200 coding hospitals is available at the Ingenix Web site.

Top Coding Hospitals

Major Teaching

Wyckoff Heights Medical Center (NY)

University Of Southern California University Hospital (CA)

Lincoln Medical & Mental Health Center (NY)

Doctors Hospital (OH)

Tampa General Hospital (FL)

Minor Teaching

Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital (MO)

Women And Infants Hospital Of Rhode Island (RI)

Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center (NY)

Oak Forest Hospital (IL)

Doctors Hospital Of West Covina, Inc (CA)

Urban, Non-Teaching

Bellville General Hospital (TX)

Hospital Wilma N Vazquez (PR)

San Carlos General Hospital (PR)

George L Mee Memorial Hospital (CA)

Hospital Interamericano De Medicina (PR)

Rural, Non-Teaching

Alliance Laird Hospital (MS)

Yampa Valley Medical Ctr (CO)

Phelps Memorial Health Center (NE)

Atchison Hospital (KS)

Sullivan County Community Hospital (IN)