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Issue #4 - December 19, 2012

Auditing/Compliance Tips and Resources

Customize EHR Software for Compliance
By Pam Brooks, CPC, CPC-H

The same features that make an electronic health record (EHR) easy to use, such as pre-filled templates, automatic code drop, and pre-determined diagnosis codes, are the very things causing compliance problems. Think of the EHR as a tool that has to be sharpened and honed. It's very effective if used correctly, but you have to be taught how to use it safely, or you're going to get hurt.

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Three Visit Types, Three Sets of Requirements
By Jacqueline Nash Bloink, MBA, CPC-I, CHC

There are three types of wellness visits, each of which has different requirements. To know if you are being compliant with requirements and coding correctly, know what each entails.

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Grasp and Follow the Basics of Incident-to Requirements
By Suzan Berman, CPC, CEMC, CEDC

Mid-level providers (MLPs), such as physician assistants (PA), nurse practitioners, (NP), and nurse specialists (NS) are used to fill in gaps in practices, helping physicians with a busy patient load, but how do you assure you are getting proper reimbursement for their expertise?

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In This Issue
EHR Software
3 Visit Types
Incident-to Requirements

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