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    Clip and Copy: Is your office up to snuff?

    If you periodically assess your procedures and policies, you'll be ready when managed care reviewers come calling.

    "Physicians may not like all the regulations that go along with participating in managed care and complying with HIPAA, OSHA, ADA, and other rules, but the fact is that they need to be prepared for credentialing visits," says Sylvan Leabman, president of Strategic Management Group, a Milwaukee-based company that produces compliance products.

    The form below is adapted from Med-Comply, a CD-ROM assessment and training tool developed by Leabman's company. "It helps physicians track improvements over time in preparation for the inevitable quality assurance inspections of physicians' charts and practice sites," he says.

    Go through the questions and, where appropriate, check your office's practices against the best-practice standards that come from CMS, the National Committee on Quality Assurance, the American Association of Ambulatory Health Care, OSHA, and the federal Americans with Disabilities Act. You can also use the information to train new employees, streamline practice management operations, and help ensure patient safety.

    The Med-Comply CD-ROM (which also includes a chart documentation survey) produces a work plan that identifies areas in which the office needs to improve. To order, call 800-669-3337, or go to www.medfees.com and click on Med-COMPLY.

    This handout is available in:
    PDF file
    Word file
    To view the form in PDF, you must have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your system. If you do not have this free program, click on the icon below to link to the Adobe download page.

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    To view the form in Word you must have Word 2000 or better. If you don't have this program you can download the free Microsoft Word 97/2000 Viewer. (You cannot edit an open document in Word Viewer. However, you can copy text to the Clipboard to paste it in other applications).

    Other forms and patient handouts are available in the Clip and Copy section of our Web site at www.memag.com .


    Gail Weiss. Clip and Copy: Is your office up to snuff? Medical Economics Feb. 6, 2004;81:108.

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