95 vs 97-guidelines

mtimson

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For 1995 &/or 1997 guidelines in our office, do we have to pick one in particular and always use, or can we use whichever one fits the dx?

Thanks for any help!
~Marty
 

mhstrauss

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The provider is allowed to choose whichever is most beneficial to him/her for that particular encounter. They can switch back and forth from patient to patient, just can't switch within the same document.

Hope that helps! :)
 

coderll

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It is my understanding they cannot change with each encounter. There should be a compliance manual for the office and whichever guidelines they have in their compliance manual is the one they must abide by. I would look into this further. Keep in mind that the 97 guidelines were more geared toward specialities and I'm assuming if the clinic is not a specialty type, they probably chose the 95 guidelines as that is much easier. This is my take on it. :)
 
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