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Is your compliance program up to date?

An effective compliance and ethics program is outlined in the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, Organizational Guidelines Chapter 8, and is frequently summarized in seven steps.  However, a compliance plan is intended to be much more than a book that sits on a shelf.  There have been several updates to the laws that govern anesthesia and pain management practices such as the Stark Law and Anti-Kickback law.  These changes may require updates to your compliance program. Compliance programs are to be living documents and should reflect changes and updates based on current law and practice management initiatives.  As stated in the Application

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Evaluation and Management 2021-How is it Going?

We are now in Q1 with putting the 2021 E&M guidelines into practice to document and select the levels for our outpatient/office visits.  The promises made for these changes were “Patients over Paperwork” and “Reducing Provider Burden.”  At first glance, it all seemed simple. Providers, coders, as well as administrators were looking forward to eliminating the need to include unnecessary information in the medical record to meet the bulleted requirements for each element of a visit. The good news is that the AMA has worked hard to fulfill these promises, and Medicare has agreed to accept the new regulations.  Also,

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