Documentation, general

Apr 2007 Issue
How to Analyze Your E/M Coding Profile [Feature]

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.

Mar 2007 Issue
A Refresher on Coding Consultations [Feature]

The article describes the requirements for using the consultation codes for outpatient and inpatient encounters.

Sep 2006 Issue
The FPM Encounter Forms Collection: 'Paper Automation' of Your Progress Notes [Feature]

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.

Jul-Aug 2006 Issue
A Refresher on Medical Necessity [Feature]

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.

Jun 2006 Issue
Don't Be a Target for a Malpractice Suit [Feature]

The author describes the top ten reasons family physicians get sued and offers risk reduction strategies.

Jun 2006 Issue
Improve Your ICD-9 Coding With Voice-Recognition Macros [Feature]

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.

Feb 2006 Issue
Coding Level-IV Visits Without Fear [Feature]

The author describes the requirements for coding level-4 office visits.

Sep 2005 Issue
Make Medical Notes Better and Faster With Macros [Feature]

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.

May 2005 Issue
How to Document and Bill Care Plan Oversight [Getting Paid]

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.

Apr 2005 Issue
How to Conduct a "Welcome to Medicare" Visit [Getting Paid]

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.

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