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Dr. Paul Rachal

Dr. Rachal has been practicing a full-spectrum family medicine since July 1986. He practices in New Roads with Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System Lake Physician Group.


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The LAFP Welcomes New Members

We would like to welcome the new members for the month of March:

New Active Members:
Vernon Keith Palmisano, MD
Carita Irene Winn, MD

New Student Members:
Zachary Reed Aguilar
Ross Bonnot
Timothy Bradley
Alexander Cao
Christine Catinis
Alexandra Cloutet
Alyssa Toshimi Go
Timothy Edwards Knowlton
Ashley Lin
Gina Zhou Lu
John Pruitt
Madeleine Robert
Nicole Salfi
Annie Talbot
Rachel Trusty, MS

Job Opportunity: Assistant Professor or Associate Professor - Clinical

The LSUHSC Department of Family Medicine is seeking a Board Certified/Board Eligible Family Medicine physician for an academic faculty appointment with the Family Medicine Residency Program in Kenner, LA, a bedroom community to cosmopolitan New Orleans. Appointment will be to the rank of Assistant Professor or Associate Professor (non-tenure, clinical track) as is commensurate with physician’s credentials and experience. The ideal candidate will have previous academic experience with obstetric skills, though not required.

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Coding E/M Visits by Medical Decision Making
Starting Jan. 1, physicians will be able to code evaluation and management visits based solely on medical decision making (MDM), which includes these three elements:
Problems: These are the patient concerns you are addressing during the visit (the patient may have other medical issues, but if you’re not addressing them at this particular visit, they don’t count toward the visit level). Each visit will be designated as “minimal,” “low,” “moderate,” or “high” in this category, depending on how many problems are addressed, whether they are chronic or acute, and whether the chronic problems are stable.
Data: This is each unique test, order, or document you have to review for the visit. Each visit will be designated “minimal or none,” “limited,” “moderate,” or “extensive” in this category, depending on the amount of data reviewed, the data’s complexity, and where it came from (e.g., “external” data comes from physicians or providers of a different specialty or different group practice). Two important notes: For coding purposes, a panel counts as a single “unique test,” and you can’t use interpretation of data toward the visit level if you’re also billing separately for that interpretation.
Risk: This is the patient’s risk of morbidity or mortality based on the problems addressed and interventions discussed. Each visit will be designated “minimal,” “low,” “moderate,” or “high” in this category, depending on whether the problems call for decisions about prescription drug management, surgery, hospitalization, or cessation of care (e.g., entering hospice).
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