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The Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative launched by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will test the effects of a blended payment model for primary care services, including a per-member-per-month care management fee. This article describes the details, timeline and other information about this promising initiative.
The author describes changes in ICD-9 codes for 2012 in the areas most likely to affect family physicians.
The author describes common presenting problems in family medicine and recommends an evaluation and management code for each vignette and the rationale for selecting the code.
Time may be running out for the group that helps divide the Medicare pie.
The author answers readers' questions about how to document, code and bill for Medicare's new Annual Wellness Visit benefit.
In this article, the author identifies five common coding mistakes and advises physicians on how to keep these costly mistakes from happening in their practices.
This article describes the ways in which different Medicare carriers interpret Medicare's documentation guidelines differently, thus amplifying the ambiguity of the guidelines and complicating coding and reimbursement.
The author recommends an organized, step-by-step approach to converting a typical family medicine practice to a patient-centered medical home.
The article discusses the patient-centered medical home (PCMH) movement and describes what progress has been made toward convincing insurers, employers, legislators, physicians and patients that PCMHs should be the cornerstone of the health care system.
The author explains the ins and outs of several underutilized codes.