ACP can occur anytime, according to the author. We’d like to think that our loved ones will always be healthy, independent, and able to make decisions for themselves, but things can change suddenly. They might have an accident or a serious illness and no longer be able to speak. When…
AMA is on track to revise E&M codes, set new documentation guidelines. The American Medical Association’s (AMA’s) CPT® Editorial Panel has approved many changes to the evaluation and management (E&M) documentation and coding guidelines. If finalized, the changes will shift the way practices select codes for both office and facility visits as…
New strategy holds promise for future extensions of this technology.A medical practice can now bill and collect for a specific telehealth service without the strict rules of the originating sites being outside of a Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) or in a rural Health Professional Shortage Area (HSPA) located in a…
E&M code changes are expected to become effective in 2021. The American Medical Association (AMA) released on March 8 the summary of panel actions that took place at the February 2019 CPT® panel meeting. The exact wording is not considered to be finalized until just prior to the release of…
Not knowing the difference could amount to shortchanging yourself.It seems like the simpler the question, the harder it can be to answer. When we ask the question, “is this a new or established patient?” it amazes me that it is not a black-and-white answer. But when we look at the…
Address documentation and coding issues up front, rather than correct them later. Coders have had many challenges throughout the years.  When I started in the industry, we did not submit claims electronically; they were submitted on paper and we used an IBM Selectric Typewriter to complete what was then the…
No separate codes for podiatric E&M visits in final rule. The final rule for the 2019 Physician Fee Schedule was released on Nov. 1. Some of what was in the proposed rule was finalized, while other elements were either modified or completely eliminated. The proposal to reduce payment when evaluation and…
CMS issued the final rule on Nov. 1. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) final rule includes updates to payment policies, payment rates, and quality provisions for services furnished under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) on or after Jan. 1, 2019. CMS has finalized a number of…
THIS STORY HAS CORRECTED TO REFLECT THE NOV. 2 RELEASE OF THE FINAL FOR 2019 EDITOR’S NOTE: CMS on Thursday released the 2019 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule. For 2019 and 2020, we will see no changes to our outpatient, office-based evaluation and management (E&M) services, but things will change come…