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re: noncontributory,negative

  1. #11
    North Carolina
    Exam Training Packages
    I believe this will depend on your carrier...

    When documenting the patient's past, family, and/or social history, simply using the notation "Non-Contributory" or "negative" is not considered adequate documentation. Documentation must include social and/or family history information (such as alcohol consumption, smoking history, occupation, or familial hereditary conditions).

    My carrier prefers... “reviewed and non-contributory/negative to patient’s illness” if there is absolutely no hereditary issues
    Last edited by RebeccaWoodward*; 03-27-2009 at 11:31 AM.

  2. #12
    Milwaukee WI
    Default Family history negative
    kte01A asks: So are we saying "family history negative" is acceptable or unaccepable?

    Negative for what?

    It only takes a half a second to say what the history is negative for ...
    "Family history negative for problems with anesthesia or bleeding disorders" is the most frequent one I see our surgeons use on their H&Ps.

    No one wants to pay for services that were not provided - Medicare, Medicaid, commercial insurances. I've shadowed my docs in clinic and I KNOW they are asking these questions, but they don't always document it! As I tell my docs, the only proof I have that you did something is if you have written it down, signed and dated it. And that's the only proof I can submit to the carrier who questions the level of service.

    If you provided the service and want to code the correct level, then document to that level.

    Okay ... off my soap box now ... I would probably count the statement "Family history is negative" ... but I'd try to educate the doctor to be more specific with some gentle nagging (and nagging, and nagging).

    I hope that helps,

    F Tessa Bartels, CPC, CEMC

  3. #13
    North Carolina
    Gotta love it....... "gentle nagging (and nagging, and nagging)."

  4. #14
    Greenville, SC
    Nagging is the name of the game, right?

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