Dispatch Coding and Documentation is published as needed to inform providers of important issues. If you have suggestions for issues to be covered, please contact Brenda Bourne, Education Coordinator.
- January 2018 Compliance Dispatch
Medicare Recognizes Non-Face-to-Face Prolonged Service Codes
- June 2017 Compliance Dispatch
Medicare Backs off E&M Exam Changes
Medicare Changes Affecting Documentation and Billing
- March 2017 Compliance Dispatch
Evaluation and Management Coding Definition Change
- January 2017 Compliance Dispatch
Moderate (Conscious) Sedation Codes Revised for 2017
- December 2016 Compliance Dispatch
Documentation Requirements for Hospice Physician Certification
Smoking Cessation Code Changes
- August 2016 Compliance Dispatch
Diagnosis Coding is a Critical Part of Submitting Valid Claims
AMA Creates Additional CPT Code for Cerumen Removal; Medicare Criteria for Diagnosing Diabetes
- April 2016 Compliance Dispatch
Medicare Requirements for Home Visits
To Cert or Recert? That is the Question!
New UW Health Policy on Scribing
Incident-to Guidelines, Preoperative Visits and UW Health and ICD-10: We Are Ready
Medical Necessity is Always the Key: Using Benchmarks Appropriately
Open Payments—"The Physician Payments Sunshine Act"
Use Extreme Caution When Using Templates, Cloned Documentation
Scribes: New Documentation Requirements; Unobtainable History; Date of Service
Coding Documentation: Unobtainable History; Teaching Physician Reminder: GC Modifier; Teaching Physician Addendum Documentation Tip; For Your Information
Documentation Compliance; DMW Orders for Medicare and Medicaid Patients; Resident Documentation & Supervision Reminder; Did You Know?
Time Based Coding: Selecting Appropriate Level of E/M Service, Critical Care: Documentation When Working with a Resident, How Can You Get Reimbursed for Discarded or Wasted Drugs?
- January 2012 Compliance Dispatch
Compliance and Ethics Training for All UWMF Providers Begins February 1, 2012
What is the Point? Review of Systems (ROS) Directives, Timely Documentation, Overlapping Surgery: New Directive, ICD-10-CM Is Coming
Interpretations of Diagnostic Tests Clarification
Teaching Physicians and Global Surgery
Teaching Physicians and Surgical Procedures, Overlapping and Surgical Assist
Preventive Medicine Visits with a Significant & Separately Identifiable Problem
Annual Wellness Visits Covered By Medicare for 2011
Modifier -25: Usage and Coding Guidelines
Preoperative Visits – When Can They Be Billed?
Shared/Split Visit Update
Consultations Invalid For Medicare Beneficiaries
Medicare Eliminates Consultations
The RAC Audits Are Headed Our Way
Are You Requesting Your Patient to See Another Physician?
Compliance and Ethics Training Continues for All UWMF Providers
Prolonged Services Documentation Update
Consultations: Determining the Intent of the Request
University of Wisconsin Medical Foundation Compliance & Ethics Training, Use Caution When Duplicating or Copying Progress Notes within the EHR, Reminder: History of Present Illness, Teaching Physician Documentation Reminders and 2008 CPT Coding Changes
Consultation/Transfer of Care form, Medical Records Documentation Requirements Reminder, Notice to Physicians Regarding Medical Necessity and Laboratory Panels 2007
Consultations: Clarification of Documentation Guidelines for 2006, Home Health Certification and Recertification, Clarification & Instruction for Community (Charity) Care, CMS Makes Teaching Physician Documentation Easier
Error Prone Abbreviations, Consultation or Transfer? New Form Will Help Answer That Question
Confirmatory Consultations & Inpatient Follow Up Consultations Deleted Beginning in 2006, Moderate Sedation Changes for 2006, New Nursing Home Codes for 2006, Smoking Cessation Counseling a Billable Service
Direct Inpatient Admission from Clinic, Teaching Physician Addendum Alert, Patient Admitted to Hospital From a Clinic - Clinic MD Documents H&P for Hospital into the Hospital Dictation Line
"Welcome to Medicare" Screening Visit, Additional New Covered Benefits for All Medicare Part B Beneficiaries - Effective January 1, 2005
Clarification Concerning Shared Visits or Split Visits, Scribes, Supervising Physicians in Teaching Settings, Urgent Care - Is this a new patient visit or an established patient visit?
Billable Services: Home Health Agency Certification/Recertification, Incident-To Guidelines Updated, New Patients, Can an RN Request a Consultation?
Clarification of UWHC Documentation Requirements, Medicaid Modifiers Update, Charges for Physician/Provider Services to Immediate Relatives - Members of the Patient's Household and Colleagues.
One Year Later - The Teaching Physician E/M Documentation Requirements, Common Questions, Medical Assistance Differs on the Incident-to-Guidelines, E/M History Documentation Clarified by Medicare, Clarification for Shared/Split Visits
Non-Physician Practitioner Billing: Billing as an Independent Provider, "Incident to" Guidelines as they Apply to Non-Physician Practitioners, Services that Do Not Meet "Incident To" Guidelines, Shared/Split Visit Guidelines as they Apply To NPPS
Review of Systems; Past, Family and/or Social History, Documentation for Initial Hospital Visits, Confirmatory Consultations, Outreach Clinics - Apply Teaching Rule when Applicable, Now Available: Teaching Physician E/M Documentation Cards
Medicare Approves New Teaching Physician Documentation Guidelines, Medicare Launches New ABN Initiative
Pharmaceutical Representative Relationships, The PHRMA Code on Interactions with Health Care Professionals, Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Preoperative Physical and History, Consultation vs. Visit, Consultations for preoperative clearance
Vital Signs - does your ancillary staff obtain the vital signs for your patients?, Evaluation & Management Visit: HPI Elements, Documentation in the Medical Record, Time-based Coding
Watch for Question Marks in Your Dictations, Clinical Trials - Medicare's Routine Costs. Coverage Criteria
Team Conference - Billing & Coding, Worker's Compensation Billing, CPT 2002 brings Changes to Preventative Medicine Services and Global Surgery Package, Using Scribes at UWMF
ICD-9-CM Coding for Diagnostic Tests
Residents and Fellows May not be Scribes; Accurate Diagnosis Information is Essential when Ordering Tests; Pap and Pelvic - Is it included in the pediatric preventative medicine visit?; UW Hospital Inpatient Coding Questions
Who's New - How the AMA Defines New Patients; Follow up Visits to Consultations; Compliance Team Moves to Zor Shrine Drive
Preventive Medicine Services; Medical Assistance Preventative Medicine; Medicare Preventive Medicine
Non-Physician Provider Billing
Consultation Coding Guidelines and Modifier-25 Guidelines
Modifier-25 Guidelines, Preventive Medicine Codes & the Surgical Package
Key coding issues; Self-treatment or treatment of immediate family members
The surgical package, preventive medicine codes and modifier -25 guidelines
New radiology requirements focus on documentation; Compliance changes set for this summer require provision of appropriate clinical information before radiology procedures
Staff continue work on education, PATH audit and research; Richard Gross, MD, to serve as new Compliance Committee chair
Evaluation and management rule changes delayed; New guidelines were to take effect July 1, but implementation was delayed to consider possible revisions; UWMF Compliance Team will follow developments
- December 1
Evaluation and management rules change; New guidelines went into effect October 1. Documentation templates and quick-reference books now available to ensure January 1 implementation
- December 30
Radiology ordering guidelines issued; Department clarifies patient care and reimbursement policies to assist physicians requesting mammograms, chest x-rays, MRAs, diagnostic tests and PET scans