ITEMS IN FPM ON TOPIC:
Evaluation and management guidelines
The author explains recent developments surrounding the revision of the documentation guidelines for evaluation and management services.
This article will test the readers' coding knowledge by asking them to code a number of sample progress notes in the first half of the article and then compare their codes with those recommended by a panel of coding reviewers in the second half of the article.
Argues that E/M coding is fundamentally unworkable as a way of determining charges because it functions in a system where incentives are not aligned.
This article describes the key points of Medicare's incident-to rules as they apply to family physicians.
The article reviews the coding and documentation requirements for the 99214 office visit code.
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.
Introduces cover story on the "new framework" for the documentation guidelines
An update on HCFA's revision of the documentation guidelines for E/M services. The article will introduce what the revised guidelines are likely to include and provide the latest information available on HCFA's implementation timeline.
The article presents a tool developed by the author to help family physicians quickly evaluate whether a patient visit meets the criteria for 99214 visits established in the E/M documentation guidelines.
The AMA House of Delegates passed a resolution to “oppose any documentation system that requires quantitative formulas or assigns numeric values to elements in the medical record to qualify as clinically appropriate medical record-keeping.”