Billing for new patients requires three key elements and a thorough knowledge of the rules. A persistent concern when reporting evaluation and management (E/M) services is determining whether a patient is new or established to the practice. New patient codes carry higher relative value units (RVUs), and for that reason are consistently under the watchful ...
Establish policy to handle patient medical record access scenarios, legally. Patients have a right to “request to view” their medical record. This right is conferred by the Standards for Privacy of Individually Identifiable Health Information, known as the HIPAA Privacy Rule of 2001 [45 C.F.R. § 164.524]. Let’s review legal details, so you can best ...
Mar 27th, 2017
Staff is a critical component of a hospital. Patients often have more interaction with staff than physicians. Properly trained and educated staff can be strong protection against a professional liability claim. Consider the following risk tips for hospital employees: Prepare written job descriptions for all staff. Review each employee’s job description at their annual performance evaluation t...
Ten plus years and counting, and accuracy in evaluation and management (E/M) coding can still be troublesome and evasive. The initial guidelines in 1995 had some ambiguity in the examination component. This was clarified and strengthened in the 1997 guidelines, but the complexity of the bullet point-counting system seemed perplexing to many physicians. We now ...
In Coding
Jun 16th, 2016
Interactions between providers and patients, staff and patients, and providers and hospital employees play a major role in how patients perceive their hospital or physician visits. There are several ways to ensure that the patient is having a positive experience. Here are four areas to focus on to improve patient experience.       Implement ...