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About Codapedia and FAQs

Codapedia.com is an exceptional national effort to collect, organize and make understandable, the world’s best information about coding and reimbursement for physician services -- and make it freely available on the website. Practice administrators, physicians, consultants, coders, health professionals, and dedicated individuals are coming together to build the most comprehensive coding and reimbursement “Wiki” resource in the nation.

In association with Betsy Nicoletti and Greenbranch Publishing, the Codapedia™ community seeks to create the most comprehensive and collaborative coding and physician reimbursement site.

General FAQS

* What is Codapedia™?
* Who is the user of Codapedia™?
* When will the Codapedia™ site be live?
* Who is responsible for content on Codapedia™?
* Who owns the content of Codapedia™?
* Who governs activity in Codapedia™?
* Who can contribute to the content on Codapedia™?  
* Do Codapedists receive payment for their involvement?
* How is Codapedia™supported?

Content FAQS

* How reliable is the content on Codapedia™?
* What About Copyrights?
* How often are Codapedia™ pages updated?
* Why can’t I edit articles anonymously on Codapedia™?
* How is Codapedia™different from other sites on the Internet?
* How is Codapedia™different from Wikipedia?
* How can I contact Codapedia™?

General FAQS

What is Codapedia™?

Codapedia™ is a Wiki (a collection of Web pages designed to enable anyone who accesses it to contribute or modify content) for reimbursement for physician services, providing user-generated content related to billing, coding, collections, and compliance for medical practices.  www.Codapedia.com. The easy-to-access content, with links to source documentation and definitive citations, will be free to users, and advertisers will pay to place advertising on the site.  The centerpiece of Codapedia™ will be the feature of video advertising. 

See Press Release Here

Codapedia™ will tap into a community of knowledgeable coders and experts ("Codapedists") who will contribute non-copyrighted information to the searchable database.  Unlike bulletin boards or listservs, the information will remain in perpetuity and will be easily located. 

Developed in association with Greenbranch Publishing and Betsy Nicoletti, Codapedia™ will serve as a catalog, database, and learning tool about coding and reimbursement for physician services.

If you have coding or medical reimbursement expertise and would like to join the community of people editing Codapedia™, sign up here.

Who is the user of Codapedia™?

Codapedia™ is for coders, physicians, administrators, and patient account managers. It will be an invaluable resource to the 900,000 licensed physicians in the country and professionals who work with them. 

Codapedia™ is intended for anyone with an interest in reimbursement for physician services.  For medical professionals, it’s a platform to share the most up-to-date coding and reimbursement information. Codapedists and readers will find by visiting the web site daily, it will help them to navigate the complexity of our reimbursement system.

For industry members, it is an opportunity to network among users of goods and services to reach the widest audience possible to fulfill their marketing mission.  For Advertising Information, Click Here.

When will the Codapedia™  site be live?

Members of the community can register their email addresses to receive an alert when Codapedia ™ is live.  Founding Panel members are already starting to contribute seed content.  The site will be available to the general public in April 2009.  Members of the community can apply to become content providers starting January 1, 2009.

Who is responsible for content on Codapedia™ ?

Thousands of Codapedists with reimbursement expertise are being called upon to add content to different parts of this project. Additionally, seed content is being provided by Founding Panel Members, Organizations and Industry so that Editors will have something to edit when the site goes live.

Who owns the content on Codapedia™ ?

Content on the Codapedia™  site is freely available for reuse under GNU Free Documentation License (GFDL).

Who governs activity in Codapedia™ ?

Initially, Codapedia™  staff and Founding Panel Members will oversee activity on the site. Over time, as the community of Codapedists grow, a hierarchy of volunteer administrators will take over the day-to-day governance and policy setting of the community.

Who can contribute to the content on Codapedia™ ?

Anyone can register to be a "Codapedist."  A Codapedist may participate in the forums, post articles, resources or links.  Codapedia™  depends on this community of experts who volunteer their time and knowledge to build Codapedia™  into a comprehensive on-line encyclopedia of physician reimbursement and coding. If you have coding or reimbursement  expertise and would like to join as a Codapedist, click here.

Anyone can use the resources: they are all free.  The content, links and resources are donated by other members of the community.  The Founding Panel Members of Codapedia™  encourage you to visit the site often for new information and to tell all your colleagues about the free information on the site.  Encouraging others to visit Codapedia™  is a valuable form of contribution.

Do Codapedists receive payment for their involvement?

No. Codapedists are volunteers. Codapedists get involved for many different reasons including passion for their subject, the drive to contribute to an important resource of knowledge and the ability to increase their reputations in their field of expertise.

How is Codapedia™  supported?

Businesses and groups who wish to provide information about their services and solutions can also help to build the site through traditional web advertising and online videos.  Click here for advertising information.

Codapedia™  needs registered Codapedists, readers and advertisers to succeed. Tell your friends, colleagues and industry partners about Codapedia™ !  Register at www.codapedia.com and we'll send an alert to you when the site officially launches.

Content FAQS

How Reliable is the Content on Codapedia™ ?

The seed content available on Codapedia™  at launch is up to date, accurate, and provided by reputable sources. After launch in April, 2009, and once Codapedists start making edits and adding new pages to the seed content, it is possible, and even likely that there will be mistakes and language that is unclear. This is the nature of a collaborate wiki.

It is anticipated that hundreds of Codapedists will soon be reading the articles and monitoring Codapedia™ . The model, therefore, is that incorrect information will be corrected quickly, and the overall accuracy of Codapedia™  will always be improving.

Thus, if you see information you think is wrong, it is in your power to correct it. Please apply to become a Codapedist and make the change yourself, or email Codapedia™  and it will be reviewed by  Founding Panel Member and possibly changed.

The content on, or accessible through, Codepedia.com is for informational purposes only. Codapedia™  is in no way a substitute for professional advice. Further, Codapedia™  does not recommend of endorse any treatment, institution, consultant, professional, physician, product, procedure or other information that may be mentioned on Codapedia™ .

What about Copyrights?

Codapedia welcomes only non-copyrighted information on the website.  NEVER  COPY AND PASTE FROM NEWSLETTERS (PRINT OR ELECTRONIC), JOURNAL OR MAGAZINE ARTICLES, BOOKS, ON-LINE SOURCES OR OTHER COPYRIGHTED SOURCES.  This information is protected by U.S. Copyright law.  If you wish to cite this information, you may post a brief quotation, with the citation.  You may tell the reader where to find the complete article, for example, in the AAPC Coding Edge.  Remember that CPT® codes are copyrighted, as is the Current Procedural Terminology 2009 book.  CPT® is a registered trademark of the American Medical Association (AMA). It is permissible to use the codes and descriptions in articles, but it is not permissible to post a file with the complete list of CPT® codes or to quote extensively from the CPT Assistant or CPT® 2009 Changes: An Insider's View.  Respect the law and the copyright of all newsletters and books, both those that you receive electronically and on paper.

Report copyright violations immediately! If you see an article that appears to be a reproduction of a copyrighted source, let us know right away.  On the homepage of Codapedia™ there is a method of reporting copyright violations.

CODAPEDIA™ HAS A STRICT COPYRIGHT POLICY AND VIOLATORS TO THE POLICY WILL NOT BE PERMITTED TO CONTRIBUTE ADDITIONAL CONTENT.

In the spirit of building this collaborate resource, forward thinking expert contributors have submitted seed content to the main wiki pages and released that content from copyright restrictions so that it can be freely editable by the Codapedia™ community of Editors. A Codapedists' content will be absorbed into the general body of Codapedia™ content, and over the course of several months or years, may become unrecognizable in comparison to its original form. Individuals or organizations are not required to pay Codapedia™ to participate, and Codapedia™ offers no monetary compensation to any organization for participation.

How often are Codapedia™ pages updated?

Given the collaborative, volunteer nature of Codapedia™, there is no schedule for changes and improvements on pages. As Founding Panel Members have time, have access to more information, or as new coding or reimbursement information emerge, new pages will be created and existing pages will be updated. Eventually, thousands of people will be editing Codapedia™, and the overall accuracy and comprehensiveness of the site will be improving on a daily basis.

Why can’t I edit articles anonymously on Codapedia™?

To help minimize inaccuracies and abuse, individuals who want to edit articles must first be approved by the Codapedia community. Users of Codapedia (meaning people who are using the information on Codapedia™ and not contributing) will not need to log in and their identities will never be exposed publicly by visiting the website. For more see the Codapedia™ Privacy Policy.

If you have coding or reimbursement ideas and would like to participate in Codapedia™, sign up to be a Codapedist.

How is Codapedia™ different from other sites on the Internet?

Codapedia™ is a bottom-up collaborative body of work where content is written, edited and constantly re-edited by the Codapedia™ community of Codapedist Editors. It’s not licensed from third parties, and the content is not top-down and static, but rather, constantly changing and growing. Much of the design and many of the features of Codapedia™ are intended to nurture and support the community of Codapedists, who have highly valuable and specialized information to share.

Codapedia™ content is freely usable under the GNU Free Documentation License (GFDL) license. People are encouraged to discover ways to use this valuable resource.

How is Codapedia different from Wikipedia?

Codapedia™ is a free resource, with information contributed by a community of dedicated volunteers.  All of us have the same goal: to code accurately and in compliance with government and payer rules, and collect effectively all of the money to which the practice is entitled. 

Most coding information is protected by copyright or is proprietary, and the coder or physician has to pay to access it.  This non-copyrighted content in Codapedia™ is meant to be shared freely.  The Founding Panel Members at Codapedia™ want everyone to have access to the information they need to do their jobs in a medical practice.

Wikipedia is a general information encyclopedia.  Codapedia™ focuses on coding, billing and collecting for physician services.

On Wikipedia, anyone can edit articles submitted by someone else.  Only the writer of an article may edit the content.  There may be many articles about a single topic.  Anyone can add a resource or a citation to a topic, without writing a formal article.  The forums will provide the opportunity to ask and answer questions.    
 
The founders and editors of Wikipedia, more than anyone, demonstrated the power of bottoms-up collaborative communities to produce a complex and accurate information resource. They are the leading open source community and the inspiration for Codapedia™.

How can I contact Codapedia?

For questions not answered here or elsewhere on the site you can send a message to "Codapedia at  codapedia dot com" (we purposely spelled out the email address so the spambots won't find us).

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