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    Modifier 25: The “Separately Identifiable E&M” Modifier

    Don’t forget to append modifier 25 when warranted, or payers will consider your evaluation and management (E&M) service as part of a procedure, and not pay for it. Read More

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  • Coding
    ICD-10: Now the Real Work BeginsTwo weeks into ICD-10, your practice already may be experiencing the cash-flow repercussions of the new codes. You may feel pressed for time as you and your staff grapple with the unfamiliar coding system. Still, it’s worth finding the time to identify and nip in the bud any problems that could end up costing you a lot more in the long run.
  • Practice E-Tips
    How Long Do I Have to Keep Patient Medical Records?Seven is the important number to remember in the Texas Medical Board rules for retention of medical records.
    HIPAA: Are You Prepared for a Lost Laptop or Smartphone?Even if the only work-related activity is accessing your email, you may have PHI on your phone right now. Lost and stolen devices are the No. 1 reason for patient data breaches of more than 500 records.
  • Medical Records
    TMB: More Must-Haves for Medical RecordsThe Texas Medical Board updated its medical records rule to reflect today’s use of electronic health records and forms of communication. These changes took effect May 20, 2015.
  • Medicaid
    Mandatory Medicaid Reenrollment Is UnderwayThere's no point in procrastinating: If you enrolled in Texas Medicaid before Jan. 1, 2013, you need to complete a reenrollment by March 24, 2016, to stay in the program.
    Delegating and Supervising Prescribing for APRNs/PAsNew state law governing the delegation and supervision of prescribing privileges for advanced practice registered nurses and physician assistants went into effect Nov. 1. Download a sample agreement. MembersOnlyRed
  • TMA E-Resources
    Get CME, Improve Patient Care -- Search TMA E-ResourcesWould you like to earn CME credit while improving patient care? You can when you research with the TMA journals and databases! Simply identify a question, search databases available through TMA, and fill out the online evaluation form.

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Must I release other physicians' records?

In response to a request for records, the physician “shall” disclose records “including records received from a physician or other health care provider involved in the care or treatment of the patient." Read More