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A year before CPT® rules change, payers are expected to crack down on E&M codes. Even as a major change to outpatient evaluation and management (E&M) codes looms next year, a development that would reduce the documentation burden on providers, commercial insurance companies are cracking down this year on E&M…
This is the second in a series of five articles on the search for reliable health information. EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is focused on that component of the health information domain related to the acquisition of data.    This is the most involved article of the set, because it represents the…
The federal agency has recommended that healthcare workers self-report symptoms and not work if ill. EDITOR’S NOTE: On March 5, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) held a call to update the provider community on the latest guidance related to COVID-19. During the call, several CDC physicians described…
The nation’s largest healthcare conference has been canceled amid the growing threat. The deadly coronavirus (COVID-19) has resulted in the cancellation of HIMSS20, the 2020 healthcare IT conference initially scheduled to take place next Monday in Florida, according to an announcement on the association’s website. “Following reports from the WHO…
There are growing fears that the spread of the disease could yield racial bias against Americans of Asian descent. EDITOR’S NOTE: The cacophony of news (and misinformation) on the deadly coronavirus is considered likely to yield racial bias and impact the mental health of America’s most vulnerable: those who are…
More changes are likely coming. As many of you have heard, there are major changes coming to evaluation and management (E&M) codes in 2021. The changes were finalized in the 2020 Physician Final Rule.  The good news is that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) gave us all…
Privacy is the right of an individual to keep oneself and one’s information concealed from unauthorized access and view by others. As the world moves to electronic health records, albeit at varying stages, health data is being used for a wider range of purposes, including improving population health, disease surveillance,…
I'm making a pitch for reciprocal education. EDITOR’S NOTE: Dr. Erica Remer reported this story live during a recent edition of Talk Ten Tuesday. The following is an edited transcript of her reporting. To set the stage, I am currently engaged in a really fun, intellectually challenging ongoing project. I compose…