Documentation, general

Jan-Feb 2009 Issue
Charting Then and Now [The Last Word]

Chart notes used to be primarily for doctors, but oh how times have changed.

Nov-Dec 2008 Issue
Coding From the Bottom Up [Feature]

Outlines an approach to CPT coding for common evaluation and management services that works from medical decision making "backwards" to physical exam and history.

Nov-Dec 2008 Issue
Time Is on Your Side: Coding on the Basis of Time [Feature]

The author, a well-known coding consultant, explains the rules governing CPT coding for evaluation and management services in cases where it makes sense to code on the basis of visit length rather than elements of the history, physical exam, and clinical decision making.

Apr 2008 Issue
What You Need to Know When Called Upon to Be a Good Samaritan [Feature]

The authors describe how to respond to roadside and in-flight emergencies and address legal issues that may arise.

May 2007 Issue
Avoiding Ambiguous Documentation [The Last Word]

Unclear terms can weaken medical documentation and confuse your colleagues, and this physician has had enough.

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.

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