OPM Dec 2014 | Vol 4 | No 8

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DECEMBER 2014

VOLUME 4 • NUMBER 8

Oncology Practice Management ™

FOR ONCOLOGISTS, PRACTICE MANAGERS, FINANCIAL COUNSELORS, AND REIMBURSEMENT SPECIALISTS™

Leverage That Listserv with Caution By Karna Morrow, CPC, RCC, CCS-P, PCS

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n an ideal prac­ tice manage­ ment world, every unique coding sit­ uation would be carefully explained within the Amer­ ican Medical Associ­ ation (AMA) Cur­ rent Procedural Term­­ inology (CPT) codebook or within the CPT Changes: An Insider’s View manual. The rules for coding and compliance would be black and white, and they would be applied consistently from insurance payer to insurance payer. Unfortunately, we don’t live in an ideal world, and as such, Listservs that focus on coding, billing, compliance, practice management, and other rele­ vant topics have become familiar and helpful tools within the oncology coder’s

Setting the Bar for Oncology Practices By Dawn Holcombe, MBA, FACMPE, ACHE; President, DGH Consulting, South Windsor, CT; Editor-in-Chief, Oncology Practice Management

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hose who care for patients with cancer are special. Clinical team and staff members come to work daily not just for a job, but because they care and want to be a part of helping their friends, neighbors,

and community battle an insidious dis­ ease. Most of us have loved ones who were touched by cancer, and we bring unique, appreciated, and caring atten­ tion to those who we serve. Continued on page 3

Sunrise, Sunset: Swiftly Go the Years By Peggy Barton, RN, BSBA; Sue Mahoney-Stombaugh, CNP; and Bahu Shaikh, MD, FACP; Toledo Clinic, OH

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any experienced oncology nurses who are retiring or approaching retirement pos­ sess knowledge about oncology patient care that comes from years of experi­ ence. They have seen a transition from general oncology to specialties in bone marrow transplant, genetics, hematol­ ogy, medical oncology, palliative care and hospice, radiation oncology, as well

as site-specific and surgical oncology. What used to be a limited number of treatment resources has exploded to multiple new methodologies, many of which are based on specific tumor mark­ ers. How does a practice ensure that the knowledge, skills, and abilities of its senior nursing staff are transferred to newer nurses joining the practice? Continued on page 10

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