Tools for Physicians

PAI: Helpful Tools for Physicians

  • "Physicians Advocacy Institute: Helping Physicians Face Medical Audits" (PDF) - This article was originally published in the May 2013 edition of Connecticut Medicine, the Journal of the Connecticut State Medical Society. It discusses PAI's ongoing activities and tools and materials it has developed designed to assist physicians facing medical audits.
  • What Physicians Need To Know about Medical Audits - Webinar (Windows Media File)
  • Medical Audits: What Physicians Need to Know
    Audits and payment recovery actions are hitting doctors with increasing frequency and intensity. The Physicians Advocacy Institute (PAI), in collaboration with state medical associations, has developed a new resource to help physicians avoid and respond to audits and financial reviews conducted by Medicare, Medicaid and private payers. Medical Audits: What Physicians Need to Know explains the various types of audits and how to appeal adverse audit findings.
  • Tip Sheet for Physicians: Reviewing and Disputing Physician Rating and Tiering by Health Plans
    Worried about physician ratings and tiering by health plans? The PAI has created the TIP Sheet for Physicians with easy-to-follow seven-step guidelines that offer practical ways to address concerns that physicians have expressed about ratings and tiering data.

  • From the North Carolina Medical Society: Guilty Until Proven Innocent: When Medicare Audits Cause Casualties
  • Understanding Episodes of Care In June 2007, the PAI held a workshop for Federation staff entitled "Understanding Episodes of Care." The purpose of this workshop was to educate the federation about how health insurers use Episode of Treatment Groupers, known as ETGs, to rate physicians on cost of care measures. This workshop brought together national experts to highlight the methodology underlying how ETGs are derived and what physicians need to know in order to combat unfair and inaccurate ratings of physicians by health plans using ETGs. This video is intended to reach the widest possible audience of physicians in order to educate physicians about the intricacies of this latest methodology that rates physicians' "efficiency," most commonly known as "cost of care." This video defines pertinent terminology and explains how the ETG methodology works. After completing this course, it is anticipated that physicians will be armed with the information they need to engage health plans in meaningful dialogue about the quality of care decisions and advocacy that physicians undertake on behalf of their patients. All practicing physicians and their practice staff will benefit from the technical and practical information contained on this video. Any questions about this video should be directed to Mary Jo Malone, Executive Vice President and CEO of the PAI by e-mail: PLEASE NOTE: CME CREDIT IS NO LONGER AVAILABLE FOR THIS PRODUCT is a product of the Physicians Advocacy Institute (PAI).