ITEMS IN FPM ON TOPIC:
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.
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.
A reflection on the issue's cover illustration, this editorial argues that what the illustration really shows is a reimbursement system that's completely out of whack.