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State the Obvious When Documenting Annual Wellness Visits

In January, CMS will make Subsequent Annual Wellness Visit (AWV) codes available for the first time. AWVs are the perfect time to review all of your patient’s ongoing conditions. It’s also a good time to note controlled chronic conditions that still warrant ongoing attention.

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Pharmacy Claims Only as Good as Ordering Provider Allows Them to Be

It’s typical your assessment of a patient and treatment plan leads to ordering a prescription. You’re most likely in the habit of sending the pharmacy vital patient demographic according to HIPPA standards, but do you include the diagnosis code? Does it reflect the highest level of specificity related to the reason why you are telling your patient to take the drug? In addition to this thought, is the most specific description of the condition linked with the drug you are documenting in the patient’s medical record?

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