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The authors, whose practice delivers the Medicare annual wellness visit in the form of a nurse pre-visit and a 15-minute physician visit, offer advice, workflows and protocols for achieving similar levels of efficiency in other practices.
Direct-to-consumer advertising has contributed to increased demand for durable medical equipment (DME). This article describes requirements for common types of DME, how to handle requests for equipment that isn't medically necessary, and what to do when fraud and abuse are suspected.
The author explains the circumstances surrounding the 2012 Medicare requirement that annual wellness visits include review of a health risk appraisal completed by the patient before the visit.
The author explains how to efficiently provide Medicare well visits (the new Annual Wellness Visit as well as the Welcome to Medicare Physical) and code and bill for the services to maximize benefit to the patient and efficiency for the practice.
The author answers readers' questions about how to document, code and bill for Medicare's new Annual Wellness Visit benefit.
A summary of the clinical preventive services Medicare covers and the circumstances under which they're covered as well guidance about how to get paid for them.
The article explains the final regulations that govern how physicians may start to receive incentive payments in 2011 for the "meaningful use of certified EHR technology."
This article describes the ways in which different Medicare carriers interpret Medicare's documentation guidelines differently, thus amplifying the ambiguity of the guidelines and complicating coding and reimbursement.
The article explains key measures in the recently passed Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and how the legislation is likely to impact family physicians and the care they provide.
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