"Physical therapy is not a subspecialty of the medical profession and physical therapists are not medical doctors; we are a separate profession that provides a unique service that physicians are unable and untrained to provide."

Letter to the AMA from the APTA, Dec 2009

Monday, July 7, 2008

Medicare Audits to Educate Doctors

A step in the right direction?

The new, nationwide Medicare Recovery Audit Contractor program will attempt to educate physicians on proper billing and documentation procedures.

The American Medical Association still complains and who can blame them?

Medicare audit overreach? Doctors think so, but audits aren't going away (July 7, 2008) American Medical News

"The program has been extremely burdensome on affected physicians and does nothing to educate them about common billing mistakes,' said AMA Board of Trustees member William A. Dolan, MD.

The permanent program will focus more on schooling physicians about errors than on punishing them for it, said Timothy B. Hill, the CMS office of financial management's director. The agency, however, has revealed few details about the extent of the education."

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Tim Richardson, PT owns a private practice at Medical Arts Rehabilitation, Inc in Palmetto, Florida. The clinic website is at MedicalArtsRehab.com.

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Tim has implemented a computerized Clinical Decision Support (CDS) system in his clinic since 2006 that serves as a Reminder, Alerting, Prompting and Predicting CDS using evidence-based tests and measures.

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