ITEMS IN FPM ON TOPIC:
The author focuses on both revenue and compliance issues and discusses the importance of monitoring the profile of all physicians in the group, how to analyze the data, and what to do if your profile is significantly different from national benchmarks.
The article describes the requirements for using the consultation codes for outpatient and inpatient encounters.
The article consists of a brief introduction and a collection of special-purpose encounter forms from the FPM Toolbox. The forms are intended to facilitate and improve data gathering in various types of office visits.
The author describes how medical necessity is defined, what you do when you have one definition and your contracted plans has others and how you deal with a denial on the grounds that the service wasn't medically necessary.
The author describes the top ten reasons family physicians get sued and offers risk reduction strategies.
The author walks readers through the process of using macros to automatically insert correct ICD codes into their dictations, reducing staff time and increasing coding accuracy.
The author describes the requirements for coding level-4 office visits.
The author gives step-by-step instructions on how to record a macro, which can be used, he explains, to quickly and accurately document patient encounters, especially physical exams.
This article will describe how to bill for and document care plan oversight, balancing it as a billing opportunity and a compliance risk. It will include a form for documenting CPO.
The author walks fellow physicians though Medicare's new Initial Preventive Pysical Exam, expaining how it differs from a tradiitonal complete physical exam and suggesting screening methods that will make the IPPE effective and efficient.