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Next Generation of E/M Guidelines

Author: Hill, Emily

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: November 2000

Few non-clinical issues have inspired as much discussion, revision, and anxiety as the evaluation and management (E/M) services and their accompanying documentation guidelines. E/M services have produced a cottage industry focused on ensuring that medical records contain necessary docu....

HCFA Addresses Inpatient Payments, SNFs


Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2000

HCFA's recently published interim final rule concerning the "Provisions of the Balanced Budget Refinement Act of 1999; Hospital Inpatient Payments and Rates and Costs of Graduate Medical Education" will provide a 2.3 percent increase in payment rates for most acute care hospital....

HCFA Publishes Final Home Health PPS Rule

Author: Asmonga, Donald D.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2000

The Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA) published the final rule for the prospective payment system (PPS) for home health agencies in July. This rule, which takes effect October 1, 2000, replaces the retrospective reasonable-cost-based system used to pay for home health service....

Medicare Data Study Spotlights Coding Errors

Author: Cottrell, Carlton

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2000

Coding quality for Medicare claims is an area of constant concern. Coding errors can have far-reaching effects in the healthcare universe, and coders are experiencing increased scrutiny from both regulators and hospitals looking to control costs. As a follow-up to results of a Medica....

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