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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....

Navigating the Physician Services Maze

Author: Skurka, Margaret A.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2001

As HIM professionals know, accurate and complete documentation is critical for providing care and supporting reimbursement. This is particularly true-and yet particularly problematic-in the area of E/M coding. Medical practices report and are paid for their services using E/M coding, yet there....

Modifers – ‘Friend or Foe’

Author: Swindle, Jennifer

Source: AHIMA Convention

Publication Date: October 02, 2011


Background: The need for modifiers to further and appropriate identify accurate coding information to all payers is critical for appropriate and accurate reimbursement. Failure to use modifiers can have a negative impact on a physician or an organizations’ revenue as witho....

Key Issues in the 2009 OPPS Final Rule

Author: Clark, Andrea

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: March 2009

The final rule for the 2009 Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) includes multiple revisions that hospitals must address in their practices, policies, and operations. Hospitals should develop strategies for analyzing the financial impact and operational challenges by reviewing the foll....

FY 2016 CPT Updates

Author: Clack, Crystal

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes | Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2016

When the first edition of the Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) was released in 1966, there were only 3,554 codes. In 2016, CPT, published by the American Medical Association (AMA), is celebrating its 50th birthday with 10,000 CPT codes. This year’s CPT updates include 140 codes added,....

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