Apr 1st, 2013
By Melody S. Irvine, CPC, CPMA, CEMC, CFPC, CPC-I, CCS-P, CMRS As a physician auditor, I spend much of my time educating clinicians on proper documentation. This involves explaining and interpreting coding and compliance guidelines. When providing such guidance, the most common reply I hear from providers is, “I want it in writing.” An auditing ...
Dec 19th, 2012
There are several delivery systems that can evolve into accountable care organizations (ACO). If your practice is looking to take advantage of this new health delivery, cost saving, and revenue model, you ought to know what they are. Before establishing or joining an ACO, evaluate your practice, its structure, and its affiliations. Look to similar ...
Aug 1st, 2009
Polish your coding knowledge and skills. By Carol Olson, CPC, CPC-H, CPC-I, CEMC, CCS, CCS-P Clinical documentation improvement plans (CDIPs) are a hot topic for 2009. CDIPs are a collaborative process among providers and coders to bridge the gap between the data contained in the medical record and what is necessary for complete and proper ...
Jul 1st, 2009
By Barbara J. Cobuzzi, MBA, CPC, CENTC, CPC-H, CPC-P, CPC-I, CHCC If you can’t remember the last time you updated your coding compliance plan, you’ve got a problem. An effective compliance plan is an active compliance plan, and an active compliance plan will keep pace with rapidly changing government regulations, payer requirements, office operations, and ...