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Teaching Physician Guidelines

Author: Graff, Jean Stevens

Source: Brief Encounter

Publication Date: September 02, 2001


Working in an orthopedic clinic, I understand the great need for my newly created position. I am employed at a teaching hospital as a medical record auditor charged with the task of educating physicians on the art of coding and documentation. My job is to ensure compliance with the Medicare ma....

Common E/M Documentation Issues

Author: Udell, Curtis

Source: Brief Encounter

Publication Date: July 02, 2001


One of the constant challenges facing managers today is evaluating physician documentation and then helping their physicians to improve the content of their patient notes, particularly for evaluation and management (E/M) services.

While physicians may have unique style or flair to t....

Review of E/M Guidelines

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Source: Brief Encounter

Publication Date: July 02, 2001


The Evaluation and Management guidelines are found in the Medicare Carriers Manual in the following sections. You may download the entire manual from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services or CMS (formerly HCFA) Web site by going to http://www.hcfa.gov/, click on Medicare, select laws an....

Guidelines for Cost-effective HIPAA Compliance

Author: Siren, Bill

Source: Brief Encounter

Publication Date: July 02, 2001


Most of us are acutely aware of the events that took place on December 31, 1999, at midnight. There were some who thought that in five seconds, the lights would go off and all computer systems would cease to function. In the healthcare world, concerns were prevalent regarding whether medical e....

Look at Modifiers for Hospital Use

Author: Philippou, Karla E.

Source: Brief Encounter

Publication Date: July 02, 2001


Modifiers have been a continuing problem in the hospital setting. Although modifiers were mandated for hospital use in June 1998, many hospitals were unable to comply until the implementation of Ambulatory Payment Categories, (APCs), on August 1, 2000. The initial problems were related to info....

Managing More Effectively Using an HIM Spreadsheet

Author: Hughes, Gwen

Source: Brief Encounter

Publication Date: April 02, 2001


One of the things I found particularly difficult about managing 100 entry-level people at 19 sites was tracking incoming work, backlogs, and staffing. Without this information it was difficult to make the appropriate adjustments, and to separate fact from fiction when physicians complained. As....

Internet-based Training for Ambulatory Care Settings

Author: Dixon-Lee, Claire

Source: Brief Encounter

Publication Date: April 02, 2001


The US healthcare industry faces an enormous challenge to improve its ability to rapidly assimilate masses of constantly changing regulations, guidelines, policies, and procedures for all aspects of service delivery. This is even more perplexing in the ambulatory care setting where the deliver....

Using Internal and External Resources to Negotiate Contracts

Author: Kane, Cheri

Source: Brief Encounter

Publication Date: October 02, 2000


Managed care is here to stay and it is incumbent upon the health plan and the providers to develop positive long-term relationships. These agreements are only limited by the creativity of the provider and the health plan. Financial arrangements may take a variety of forms, from fee for servic....

EMR ... CMR ... CPR ... G-CPR??

Author: Tadwalt, Bobbi

Source: Brief Encounter

Publication Date: October 02, 1999


Most of you have probably heard of the first few acronyms listed in the title; however, it is likely most of you have never heard of the G-CPR. Most people hadn't, until they attended the Multi-Specialty Group Educational Forum held in Baltimore, MD this past March. Robert M. Kolodner, MD, th....

Working with an Incentive Program for Transcription

Author: Anderson, Jamelia

Source: Brief Encounter

Publication Date: November 02, 1998


After several months of planning, Smith-Glynn-Callaway, a multi-specialty clinic in Springfield, MO, implemented an incentive program for transcription. Since the inception of the program on March 16, great strides have been made. Previously, the medical transcriptionists worked many long hou....

Evaluating Workplace Ergonomics Has Benefits For All

Author: Kuehn, Lynn

Source: Brief Encounter

Publication Date: August 02, 1998


Ergonomics is the study of the relationship between the worker and the work environment. It is more commonly thought of as designing (or redesigning) the work environment to meet the needs of the worker.
This designing of the work environment is vitally important to all companies. Cumul....

Wireless Computing May Be the Ambulatory Answer

Author: Kuehn, Lynn

Source: Brief Encounter

Publication Date: June 02, 1997


Society has accepted the fact that telephones function very well without wires, freeing us from desktop chains. So, why not accept the fact that computing can happen the same way -- wireless, yet fully connected? PC Tablets

The technology exists today to create wireless local area....