ITEMS IN FPM ON TOPIC:
Even paying physicians too little may be too much for Medicare.
The article describes strategies that practices can use to cope with the anticipated Medicare fee schedule cut in July. Even if the cut is eliminated or further postponed, the advice given will help practices to reduce losses and improve cash flow.
The authors offer an insiders' view of the RUC (the Relative Value Scale Update Committee) and the significant impact it has on physician reimbursement.
The article will describe how to conduct e-visits and will address reimbursement issues associated with these visits.
If they use multiple conversion factors when determining what they'll pay, you may be at an even greater disadvantage than you realized.
The author, a contract analyst for a multispecialty group, describes the questions family physicians ought to ask themselves when evaluating managed care contracts.
This article will describe the survey of physicians' satisfaction with payers that FPM and the AAFP are launching in October 2006.
Physicians' reimbursement options for tobacco cessation counseling include Medicare's recently broadened coverage, other insurance plans, and employee flexible spending accounts.
This article explains how to bill Medicare for services provided by nonphysician providers (NPPs) -- when to bill under the NPP's own provider number and when to bill under the physician's provider number as "incident-to" care. The rules for shared visits are also explained.
The author describes how, from a coding, billing and communication standpoint, to handle a physical exam that combines an annual physical with a problem-oriented service.