Documentation, general

Jul-Aug 2000 Issue
Coding Level-One Office Visits: A Refresher Course [Feature]

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.

Jul-Aug 2000 Issue
When What's Supposed to Happen Doesn't [Editor's Page]

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.

May 2000 Issue
Off the Charts: Teaching Students in Compliance With HCFA Guidelines [Feature]

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.

Apr 2000 Issue
Using Peer Review for Self-Audits of Medical Record Documentation [Feature]

The author presents a simple and practical compliance method for performing effective and efficient internal self audits in the family practice office.

Mar 2000 Issue
Documentation Tips for Reducing Malpractice Risk [Feature]

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.

Nov-Dec 1999 Issue
When to Bill for a Consultation [Getting Paid]

Medicare's clarification of its policy on when it's appropriate to pay for a consultation vs. a visit code.

Sep 1999 Issue
How to Prevent a Prepayment Review From Becoming a No-Payment Review [Getting Paid]

Three things physicians can do to keep their claims from being denied or downcoded.

Mar 1999 Issue
Take Charge of Coding: Don't Lose Income to Neglect [Feature]

The author explains how his group has applied the principles of total quality management to developing a process for auditing coding and billing procedures.

Nov-Dec 1998 Issue
Take-Home Messages From the Academy's Managed Care Forum [Feature]

This article will cover the key points from each of the sessions offered during the Managed Care Forum at the 1998 AAFP Scientific Assembly.

Jan 1998 Issue
Three Documentation Tools That Work [Feature]

The centerpiece of this article is a revised version of the "Pocket Guide to the Documentation Guidelines" that we published in April 1995 (the corresponding article carried CME credit then). The revised version incorporates the new exam documentation guidelines. The article will include a brief introduction and a note for readers to analyze using the pocket guide.

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