ITEMS IN FPM ON TOPIC:
The article describes how one practice improved its delivery of preventive services, in part by increasing physicians' use of preventive care flowsheets.
The author gives a review of high-risk malpractice areas family physicians most commonly face and how, by understanding the pitfalls of these areas, family physicians can know how to best document care in these areas.
The article presents a tool developed by the author to help family physicians better understand when to use the 99211 code, according to E/M guidelines.
Points out that one route to quality improvement is to find ways of making sure that two things that are supposed to happen together do so automatically.
This article addresses teaching methods that may put physicians at risk for HCFA violations and offers ideas for maximizing student involvement in outpatient settings that comply with HCFA guidelines.
The author presents a simple and practical compliance method for performing effective and efficient internal self audits in the family practice office.
Author will share documentation techniques that may improve the quality of medical communication between health care professionals and patients and decrease a provider's risk of being charged with malpractice.
Medicare's clarification of its policy on when it's appropriate to pay for a consultation vs. a visit code.
Three things physicians can do to keep their claims from being denied or downcoded.
The author explains how his group has applied the principles of total quality management to developing a process for auditing coding and billing procedures.