July/Aug 2010 Issue
Is Your Medicare Payer Playing by the Rules? [Feature]

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.

May/June 2010 Issue
How Health Care Reform Will Affect Family Physicians [Feature]

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.

March/April 2010 Issue
Should Doctors Reject the Government's EHR Incentive Plan? [Opinion]

It's a big hill to climb for a carrot that may not be there when you reach the top.

March/April 2010 Issue
Documenting History in Compliance With Medicare's Guidelines [Feature]

The author details Medicare's guidelines for documenting the history portion of E/M visits. Medicare and many private payers use the guidelines to determine whether physicians' documentation supports the level of service they code.

March/April 2010 Issue
Medicare Enrollment: Staying in the Game Even When the Rules Change [Feature]

With recent changes in CMS rules governing Medicare enrollment, including the requirement for periodic "revalidation," enrollment has become much more complicated. This article focuses on common problems physicians may face in the enrollment process and how to avoid them.

January/February 2010 Issue
The Physician Quality Reporting Initiative: Secrets to Success [Feature]

This article shares one practice's success story with the Physician Quality Reporting Initiative (PQRI) and provides readers with experienced advice and tips on reporting successfully.

Jan-Feb 2009 Issue
New Year, New Medicare Preventive Coverage [Feature]

The article provides a summary of the clinical preventive services Medicare covers, the circumstances under which they're covered and guidance about how to get paid for them.

Jun 2008 Issue
How to Say Goodbye to Medicare [Feature]

The article explains steps physicians must take if they no longer want to be participating providers in the Medicare program.

May 2008 Issue
Medicare's (Un)sustainable Growth Rate [Opinion]

Even paying physicians too little may be too much for Medicare.

Jan 2008 Issue
Does Primary Care Need Medicare? [Opinion]

Its payment system undervalues primary care, and its regulations include jail time for physicians' mistakes. What's not to love?

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