How c-l services can comply with new hcfa guidelines

Linda L M Worley, Elisabeth J Shakin Kunkel, Donald M. Hilty

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Abstract

A psychiatric consultation report form was developed to efficiently and accurately meet the stringent Medicare documentation guidelines that go into effect July 8, 1998. This form was designed for use in academic institutions where the consultation team includes teaching physicians, psychiatric residents, and medical students. Medicare has strict requirements regarding who may document each element of the consultation for billing purposes. These requirements were taken into account in the design of this form. Two academic consultation-liaison psychiatric services piloted the form and conducted internal audits to evaluate its usefulness. The accuracy of billing improved twofold at one site because the form facilitated rapid completion of details requisite to justify CPT codes of complex assessments. This saved considerable time and effort over the previous methods used to determine an appropriate level of billing. Critical information was documented more frequently, thereby meeting the documentation requirements more consistently. Instructions for use, criticisms, and cautions are given.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)160-169
Number of pages10
JournalGeneral Hospital Psychiatry
Volume20
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1998

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How c-l services can comply with new hcfa guidelines. / Worley, Linda L M; Kunkel, Elisabeth J Shakin; Hilty, Donald M.

In: General Hospital Psychiatry, Vol. 20, No. 3, 05.1998, p. 160-169.

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Worley, Linda L M ; Kunkel, Elisabeth J Shakin ; Hilty, Donald M. / How c-l services can comply with new hcfa guidelines. In: General Hospital Psychiatry. 1998 ; Vol. 20, No. 3. pp. 160-169.
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