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Coding Responsibility

Number 249

(Reaffirmed 2005)

Physicians are responsible for accurately coding the services they provide to their patients Likewise insurers are obligated to process all legitimate insurance claims for covered services accurately and in a timely manner It is inappropriate for physicians to code or for insurers to process claim...

January 2001

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Inappropriate Reimbursement Practices by Third-Party Payers

Number 250

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists ACOG Committee on Coding and Nomenclature believes that physicians must code accurately the services they provide and the diagnoses that justify those services for purposes of appropriate payment This requirement is consistent with the rules ...

January 2001

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Innovative Practice: Ethical Guidelines

Number 352

(Reaffirmed 2015)

ABSTRACT Innovations in medical practice are critical to the advancement of medicine Good clinicians constantly adapt and modify their clinical approaches in ways they believe will benefit patients Innovative practice frequently is approached very differently from formal research which is governed...

December 2006

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Commercial Enterprises in Medical Practice

Number 359

(Reaffirmed 2011)

ABSTRACT Increasing numbers of physicians sell and promote both medical and nonmedical products as part of their practices Physicians always have rendered advice and treatment for a fee and this practice is appropriate It is unethical under most circumstances however for physicians to sell or prom...

January 2007

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Seeking and Giving Consultation

Number 365

(Reaffirmed 2013)

ABSTRACT Consultations usually are sought when practitioners with primary clinical responsibility recognize conditions or situations that are beyond their level of expertise or available resources One way to maximize prompt effective consultation and collegial relationships is to have a formal con...

May 2007

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Institutional Responsibility to Provide Legal Representation

Number 370

(Reaffirmed 2012)

ABSTRACT Hospitals academic institutions professional corporations and other health care organizations should have policies and procedures by which alleged violations of professional behavior can be reported and investigated These institutions should adopt policies on legal representation and inde...

July 2007

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Sexual Misconduct

Number 373

ABSTRACT The physicianpatient relationship is damaged when there is either confusion regarding professional roles and behavior or clear lack of integrity that allows sexual exploitation and harm Sexual contact or a romantic relationship between a physician and a current patient is always unethical...

August 2007

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Expert Testimony

Number 374

(Reaffirmed 2013)

ABSTRACT It is the duty of obstetricians and gynecologists who testify as expert witnesses on behalf of defendants the government or plaintiffs to do so solely in accordance with their judgment on the merits of the case Obstetriciangynecologists must limit testimony to their sphere of medical expe...

August 2007

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Ethical Decision Making in Obstetrics and Gynecology

Number 390

(Reaffirmed 2013)

ABSTRACT Physicians vary widely in their familiarity with ethical theories and methods and their sensitivity toward ethical issues It is important for physicians to improve their skills in addressing ethical questions Obstetriciangynecologists who are familiar with the concepts of medical ethics w...

December 2007

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Empathy in Womens Health Care

Number 480

(Reaffirmed 2014)

ABSTRACT Empathy is the process through which one attempts to project oneself into anothers life and imagine a situation from his or her point of view Most individuals do have an innate capacity to show empathy toward others Empathy is as important to being a good physician as technical competence...

March 2011

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Ethical Ways for Physicians to Market a Practice

Number 510

(Reaffirmed 2014, Replaces No. 341, July 2006)

ABSTRACT It is ethical for physicians to market their practices provided that the communication is truthful and not misleading deceptive or discriminatory All paid advertising must be clearly identified as such Producing fair and accurate advertising of medical practices and services can be challe...

November 2011

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Health Care for Transgender Individuals

Number 512

ABSTRACT Transgender individuals face harassment discrimination and rejection within our society Lack of awareness knowledge and sensitivity in health care communities eventually leads to inadequate access to underutilization of and disparities within the health care system for this population Alt...

December 2011

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Health Care for Urban American Indian and Alaska Native Women

Number 515

(Reaffirmed 2013)

ABSTRACT Sixty percent of American Indian and Alaska Native women live in metropolitan areas Most are not eligible for health care provided by the federal Indian Health Service IHS The IHS partly funds 34 Urban Indian Health Organizations which vary in size and services Some are small informationa...

January 2012

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Health Care Systems for Underserved Women

Number 516

(Reaffirmed 2014)

ABSTRACT Underserved women are those who are unable to obtain quality health care by virtue of barriers created by poverty cultural differences race or ethnicity geography sexual orientation gender identity or other factors that contribute to health care inequities With passage of the Patient Prot...

January 2012

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Well-Woman Visit

Number 534

(Reaffirmed 2014)

Abstract The annual health assessment annual examination is a fundamental part of medical care and is valuable in promoting prevention practices recognizing risk factors for disease identifying medical problems and establishing the clinicianpatient relationship The annual health assessment should ...

August 2012

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Professional Relationships With Industry

Number 541

(Replaces No. 401, March 2008)

ABSTRACT The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists the College has a long history of leadership in ensuring that its educational mission is evidence based and unbiased A predecessor to this Committee Opinion was published in 1985 making the College one of the first professional assoc...

November 2012

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Health Care for Women in the Military and Women Veterans

Number 547

Abstract Military service is associated with unique risks to womens reproductive health As increasing numbers of women are serving in the military and a greater proportion of United States Veterans are women it is essential that obstetriciangynecologists are aware of and well prepared to address t...

December 2012

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Integrating Immunizations Into Practice

Number 558

(Reaffirmed 2015)

ABSTRACT Given demonstrated vaccine efficacy safety and the large potential for prevention of many infectious diseases among adults newborns and pregnant women obstetriciangynecologists should embrace immunizations as an integral part of their womens health care practice To provide direct examples...

April 2013

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Adolescent Confidentiality and Electronic Health Records

Number 599

ABSTRACT Confidentiality concerns are heightened during adolescence and these concerns can be a critical barrier to adolescents in receiving appropriate health care Health care providers caring for minors should be aware of federal and state laws that affect confidentiality State statutes on the r...

May 2014

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Patient Safety and Health Information Technology

Number 621

(Replaces Committee Opinion Number 472, November 2010)

ABSTRACT The advantages of health information technology IT include facilitating communication between health care providers improving medication safety tracking and reporting and promoting quality of care through optimized access to and adherence to guidelines Health IT systems permit the collect...

January 2015

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