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Medicare documentation guideline changes

On April 27, the AMA and HCFA, together with more than 275 representatives of specialty societies, unveiled some important proposed changes to the 1997 Medicare evaluation and documentation guidelines. While a major re-design of the coding system is under way, a number of changes under consideration are likely.

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Impact of quality trends on physicians

The development and expansion of credentialing programs will define, measure and monitor quality indicators that relate to physician performance. Physicians will find patients, employers, government, the media and MCOs demanding quality and increasing their expectations of care.

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Consider cash-based subspecialties

A well conceived and managed service for which patients pay cash can add thousands of dollars a year to your bottom line. Consider several issues in order to develop such a service that is both responsible and beneficial to you and your patients.

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