ITEMS IN FPM ON TOPIC:
Evaluation and management guidelines
Dr. Brooks' account of the current state of the controversy over the documentation guidelines.
Jun 1998 Issue
Changes Proposed for the E/M Documentation Guidelines [Medicare Update]
The article reports on the results of the recently announced delay in implementation of the Medicare E/M documentation guidelines and summarizes possible changes in the content of the guidelines.
In testimony presented last month, Nancy Dickey, MD, president-elect of the AMA, gave the strongest indication to date that the revised E/M documentation guidelines developed by the AMA and HCFA will change.
The guidelines may change because of current protests, but since you can't count on that, for the moment you should still try to learn them.
The article presents a physician-developed and tested form that makes coding easier and that produces more accurate and consistent results.
Mar 1998 Issue
Coding an Annual Assessment for a Nursing Home Patient [Coding Challenge]
The author analyzes the documentation of an annual assessment of a nursing home patient and the completion of the MDS/RAI.
Alludes to HCFA's delay in enforcing the new version of the documentation guidelines, introduces online version of FPM Quiz.
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.