In CMS
Feb 12th, 2018
Physicians won’t have to re-document medical students’ notes in evaluation and management (E/M) documentation any longer. CR10412 revises the Medicare Claims Processing Manual to allow the teaching physician to verify in the medical record any student documentation of components of E/M services rather than having to re-document the work. It appears from the change request that some ...
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...
Physicians need help to stay independent, and  AAPC Members are encouraged to learn more about MACRA and reporting requirements. AAPC is publishing materials to help members. A recent report published by Kareo shows survey results on how independent physicians are responding to the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act’s Quality Payment Program. The survey, conducted after ...
Jan 6th, 2017
Houston, Texas’ MD Anderson Cancer Center will lay off 800-900 employees—5 percent of its workforce—because, hospital officials said, of falling physician productivity thanks to electronic medical records (EMRs). Those to be cut work in administrative and supportive roles, such as billers and clinical employees who don’t work with patients, the hospital said. The Wall Street Journal ...
Here’s some food for thought to help you carry more weight with your doctors. In the coding and auditing world, the provider is in the driver’s seat. Coding and auditing professionals must have the soft skills to share their expertise, collaborate with providers, and in some cases influence providers to change behaviors to improve documentation ...