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    Accuracy of EM Coding by Coders and Doctors
    By Barbara Cobuzzi - Posted on 3 May 2010

    I have come across some very interesting articles and abstracts with the help of some of my colleagues (Leslie, Sheri, thank you) and I think that they should be shared. These articles are very interesting, especially if you get audited.


    New Data Format for CCI Edits
    By Leslie Johnson - Posted on 01 April 2010

    Beginning with the April 2010 update, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will now post the National Correct Coding Initiative (NCCI) Edit files in Excel 2007 and in text formats.


    ICD10 and HIPAA 5010 - Game Changers
    By Jack Beaudoin, VP, Content - Posted on 12 March 2010

    If you were hoping that the transition to HIPAA 5010 and ICD10 would be easy, think again. "I don't think this is going to be simple at all," observed Joseph Nichols MD, Medical Director of Edifecs. "It's very, very complex. But I do think there will be lots of advantages to the transition, lots of long-term benefits."


    HHS Bends to Pressure
    ICD-10 Implementation Deadline Extended to 2013

    By AAFP News Staff - Posted on 01 January 2010

    With the stroke of a pen, HHS Secretary Michael Leavitt gave the U.S. health care industry two additional years to comply with a rule that many experts said would be far more difficult to implement than the government had acknowledged.


    Mayo Clinic in Arizona to Stop Treating Some Medicare Patients
    By David Olmos - Posted on 31 December 2009

    The Mayo Clinic, praised by President Barack Obama as a national model for efficient health care, will stop accepting Medicare patients as of tomorrow at one of its primary-care clinics in Arizona, saying the U.S. government pays too little.


    New 2010 CPT Codes: Ob-gyns
    By ACOG: American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists - Posted on 30 December 2010

    The Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) code set for 2010 includes several changes of interest to ob-gyns, including guideline clarifications in addition to new, revised and deleted CPT codes.



    2010 CPT Code Changes


    Evaluation & Management Services Guide (CMS-July 2009)
    1997 E/M Documentation Guidelines
    1995 E/M Documentation Guidelines
    E/M Pocket Guide (Trailblazer Health: 2008)

    History Documentation

    Documenting a History (Tulane University Medical Group)
    Highmark Medicare Services HPI Elements (Reviewed 05/13/08)


    Highmark Medicare Services FAQ (Reviewed 2/13/2008)
    Wisconsin Medical Society FAQ (2008)
    Medicare Physician Guide (CMS-July 2007)
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