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April 2009
Vol. 19 No. 4
Practice Management
Meeting Offers Practice Advice, Resources for Clinicians

Helpful resources from IDSA’s third Clinical Practice Meeting are now available through the IDSA website. The meeting took place this March in San Diego.

Notable presentations included ”The Nuts and Bolts of E/M Coding: A Detailed Look at the Codes Used by ID Specialists,” with Barb Pierce, CCS-P, ACS-EM. During this session, participants went through real-life consultations and learned how an auditor looks at your claims.

H. Gunner Deery II, MD, FIDSA, provided insight on how to make sure you receive your 4 percent bonus by participating in the Physician Quality Reporting Initiative (PQRI) and the Medicare Electronic Prescribing program. His advice: read the directions, train your staff, and keep it simple by reporting on three measures and consider adding one measure as a safety net.

The meeting also included sessions on how to negotiate infection control contracts, address the challenges of human resources management, and improve billing and coding processes. Other topics included wound care clinic management and best practices, electronic medical records and other health care technology, and Medicare’s Recovery Audit Contractors program.

The audio-synced slides from this meeting are available for purchase from Sound Images.

The IDSA website also has resources on billing and coding, quality improvement initiatives, negotiating compensation, dealing with audits, and the Recovery Audit Contractors program. (You must be logged in to access these links.)
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