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Referral and consultation

Feb 2004 Issue
The Stark Truth About the Stark Law: Part II [Feature]

This is part two in a two-part series that explains what the Stark II referral law is, how it differs from the anti-kickback statute and how physicians can determine whether it applies to them; defines some of the core definitions in the wording of the statute (including the definition of "group practice"); and describes some of the most notable exceptions to the statute.


Nov-Dec 2003 Issue
The Stark Truth About the Stark Law: Part 1 [Feature]

This is part one in a two-part series that explains what the Stark II referral law is, how it differs from the anti-kickback statute and how physicians can determine whether it applies to them; defines some of the core definitions in the wording of the statute (including the definition of "group practice"); and describes some of the most notable exceptions to the statute.


Mar 2003 Issue
Sharing Maternity Care [Feature]

"Shared Care" is a maternity care management model in which two physicians may collaborate in maternity care, one (perhaps a rural physician) may provide the bulk of prenatal careand the other handles delivery. The article discusses the benefits to the patient, physicians and the community.


Mar 2002 Issue
Reducing Waits and Delays in the Referral Process [Feature]

The article describes how family physicians can better manage their referral relationships, in part by implementing "service contracts" that rationalize the relationship and detail the scope of each party.


Sep 2001 Issue
Medicare Clarifies Preoperative Services Reimbursement Policy [Getting Paid]

The author explains instructions recently issue by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services about how to code for preoperative medical evaluations performed by family physicians at the request of surgeons outside the Medicare global surgical period.


Jul-Aug 2000 Issue
Is Your Space Rental Arrangement Fraudulent? [Getting Paid]

This article will describe a recent fraud alert issued by the Office of Inspector General affecting physicians who rent space in their offices to companies that sell medical supplies and devices.


Jan 1999 Issue
Three New Year's Resolutions From Medicare [Getting Paid]

This article will describe changes in Medicare reimbursement for 1999, including the implementation of resource-based practice expense payments, changes in payments for drugs and biologicals, and payments for teleconsultations.


Oct 1998 Issue
Managing Cardiology Care [Feature]

The article presents a round table discussion between two family physicians, a cardiologist and the author, a practice management consultant, about effective cardiology referral management.


Apr 1998 Issue
Enhancing Referrals With a Computer-Generated Form [Feature]

The article describes a computerized authorization form one practice developed to expedite the referral process.


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