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This is the second in a two-part series that reviews what the current options are for online communication with patients, how to integrate online communication with patients into a busy practice, and what the relevant guidelines are for privacy and financial success.
This article explains how learning and performing a simple office-based procedure, such as joint and soft tissue injections, can help physicians increase their reimbursement.
Argues that the reimbursement system's misalignment of incentives makes the health care system absurdly complicated and points to two articles in this issue as evidence.
The article explains what physicians can do to make wiser use of hospital resources, including limiting lengths of stay to what is clinically necessary and referring patients to alternate facilities when appropriate.
Argues that the mal-aligned incentives offered to health care providers in the current system are perverse and require special action on the part of physicians to generate anything like a healthy outcome.
This article discusses the basics of CPT coding for office and hospital visits, giving special attention to the codes family physicians use most (established-patient office visit codes).
The author describes how practices can analyze their CPT coding distributions and determine whether they are billing for an appropriate range of services.
The author, a practice administrator, offers 10 tips for improving the efficiency of billing and collection processes.
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.
Summary of relevant CPT changes for family physicians.