Jul 1st, 2008
Buying the Right Books is Good Protection by Julie E. Chicoine, JD, RN, CPC Health care providers operate under an increasingly scrutinized regulatory environment for fraud and abuse involving federal health care programs including Medicare and Medicaid. Recent statements by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) at a Feb. 27 hearing on “The False Claims Act Correction Act ...
Jul 1st, 2008
by Kim Harper, MBA, RHIA, CPC Since the 1995 and 1997 Documentation Standards implementation, physicians have been made aware of history of present illness elements, review of system bullets, physical exam components, and medical decision making issues which constitute an evaluation and management (E/M) level of service. The big question most physicians have is, “How ...
Jul 1st, 2008
by Deborah Grider, CPC, CPC-H, CPC-P, CPC-EM, CPC-I, CCS-P, CCS, CCS-P What are the benefits of hiring a health care consultant? A health care consultant brings measurable accountability, scheduled timelines, and low costs to achieve an answer that can prove more financially sound than in-house efforts. Before you hire a health care consultant, it’s important ...
Jul 1st, 2008
Get the Books and Software You Need by Michelle A. Dick, Senior Editor On the road of life, differences in opinion and how to reach a compromise are part of the journey. We first learn to negotiate our needs as a toddler. We move on to negotiate about toys and homework. As an adult, we ...
Jul 1st, 2008
by Patricia S. Wilson, RT (R), CPC, PMP An integral part of the coding process is to verify that documentation supports procedures and services performed. Although documentation of medical services and procedures seems a logical part of medical practice, it sometimes is a secondary function of medical care. The concept of medical documentation as a ...