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Introduced in House (04/28/1998)

Expresses the sense of the Congress that the Health Care Financing Administration should: (1) further postpone its plans to implement the documentation guidelines for evaluation and management services, as currently constituted; (2) continue consultation with organizations representing physicians on how to reduce the complexity of any such guidelines before their use by Medicare or its agents in review of claims; (3) conduct a pilot study of any such documentation requirements before use in audits and other review activities; and (4) assure that any such documentation guidelines, if applied by Medicare or its agents in review activities, contribute to quality care and do not detract from good patient care by requiring physicians to spend undue time documenting their services (at the expense of spending less time with patients) or lead to sanctions being imposed for unintentional coding and documentation errors.