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You Should Worry about Medical Coding Guidelines Changing

Changes are coming with Evaluation and Management (E&M) coding guidelines. I will use this space to explain why these changes will be both a good thing and a challenge to physicians, particularly those who derive much of their income from office visits. CHANGE IS OVERDUE It has been 20 years since the 1997 E&M guidelines were promulgated. They were confusing to most physicians then and remain confusing today. One study from the Journal of Family Practice showed that physicians are accurate in their E&M coding only 55 percent of the time, yet Mitchell King, MD provided a fascinating follow-up investigation in the Archives of Internal Medicine that showed certified coding

Published By: Melissa Clark, CCS-P on September 7, 2017

A New Platform for Educating New Doctors on EHR Use

Over the past few years, the Regenstrief Institute and the Indiana University (IU) School of Medicine began to notice a problem. While EHR technology had become ubiquitous in the healthcare industry, medical school curricula had not evolved to reflect this reality. This realization became the impetus for the Regenstrief Institute’s EHR Clinical Learning Platform. “It didn’t start out as this,” Regenstrief research scientist and Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine at IU School of Medicine Blaine Takesue told “It started from a different project here at IU,” he continued. “We’ve had proprietary EHR for decades and we noticed we didn’t do much in the way of direct instruction through the

Published By: Melissa Clark, CCS-P on September 5, 2017

Inventing New Medical Billing Codes

Are there still medical conditions that have no codes for billing in ICD-10?   Here is a graphic from Physician’s Practice on the subject…     Credit and See the original article at Physician’s Practice

Published By: Melissa Clark, CCS-P on August 29, 2017

RCM tip: Meetings can enhance AR staff productivity

Meetings with individual accounts receivable staff can be a valuable tool to improve revenue cycle management performance, according to Susan Eilman, senior healthcare consultant at Wellesley, Mass.-based Hayes Management Consulting. Ms. Eilman shared the following tip with Becker’s Hospital Review. “Not every member of your staff performs the same. Employees fall into low, medium and high performance levels and from my experience, holding one-on-one meetings with each accounts receivable staff member allows you to understand what issues they experience daily, provide development tools for them to reach to a higher level, and set goals to enhance productivity. Listening is the best tool to discovering issues you may not have known

Published By: Melissa Clark, CCS-P on August 17, 2017

Documenting in Your EHR While Focusing on the Patient

Mott Blair, a Wallace, N.C.-based family physician, doesn’t get distracted by the EHR in the patient exam room. That’s because he keeps it in the hallway, right outside the exam room. He uses an old-fashioned clipboard and paper to take notes during patient visits. “I do all my work face-to-face with patients. I maintain that eye contact, and I always listen,” he says. This work flow has been intentional on Blair’s part, since he’s witnessed many physicians “caught up” entering data and not focusing their attention on patients. His patient’s experience starts with a nurse at the practice capturing their vitals, chief complaint, and current medications and documenting those details

Published By: Melissa Clark, CCS-P on August 16, 2017