AMA CPT® Assistant - 1998 Issue 1 (January)

Documentation Guidelines Update (January 1998)

January 1998 pages 1-4 Documentation Guidelines Update The Health Care Financing Administration has confirmed, in a letter dated December 5, 1997, that the current "grace period" for enforcement of the Documentation Guidelines, has been extended until July 1, 1998. [See later information about the "grace period."] The American Medical Association requested an extension of the grace period to allow for additional education about the use of the guidelines. HCFA will delay requiring the use of the new guidelines as the only standard for E/M until July 1, 1998. Random prepayment review of claims began in October, 1997 and...

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