If payment updates in the 2020 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule proposed rule are finalized, they will significantly impact physician reimbursement for x-ray and E/M CPT codes, among others. Review payment proposals and the specialties that would see the greatest impact.
CMS proposed a new framework for the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) intended to make the transition to value-based care easier for physicians. Read up on the proposed framework, MIPS Value Pathways (MVP), and its potential impact on patients and providers beginning in 2021.
When applying CPT modifiers -80, -81, and -82, physician coders must carefully consider details in the operative note. Lori-Lynne A. Webb, CPC, CCS-P, CCP, CHDA, COBGC , writes about the correct application of modifiers used to identify services performed by surgical assistants.
The 2020 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule proposed rule includes significant documentation and payment changes for outpatient office visits reporting using E/M codes 99202-99215. Beginning in 2021, these proposed updates could add billions of dollars to the national E/M revenue stream.
Physician coders need to know when it’s appropriate it apply modifier -25 for significant, separately identifiable E/M service. Lori A. Cox, MBA, CPC, CPMA, CPC-I, CEMC, CGSC, CHONC , reviews the correct application of this frequently misused modifier. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
With the addition of the two new telehealth service codes for 2019, providers now have 98 CMS-approved telehealth services to report. Yvette DeVay, MHA, CPC, CPMA, CIC, CPC-I , describes the two newest telehealth HCPCS codes and breaks down 2019 billing regulations surrounding telehealth.
Anthem announced that it may reject claims that contain a subsequent E/M service that’s linked to the same diagnosis as an earlier E/M encounter. Learn what Anthem’s modifier -25 policy means for providers and physician coders.
The most commonly reported CPT codes are getting a much-needed makeover. Shannon McCall, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P, CPC, CEMC, CRC, CCDS, writes about E/M code changes implemented this year and changes for implementation over the next two years.
Yvette DeVay, MHA, CPC, CPMA, CIC, CPC-I, writes that in the 2018 OPPS final rule, CMS removed total knee arthroplasty (TKA) from the inpatient-only (IPO) list, effective January 1, 2018. Although some guidance was provided at the time, providers and physicians alike were left confused with a significant number of questions regarding documentation and inpatient status.
Providers will find significant leeway in how they can approach and report advance care planning services for physicians given CMS’ open-ended coding requirements, which should push the already strong growth of the codes to new heights.
Hospital coders must develop and adhere to internal E/M coding guidelines and CPT guidance to accurately report visits to the ED. In addition, because ED coding encompasses professional and facility billing, they may need to scour provider documentation to determine the correct E/M service level for both bill types.
Coding for knee arthroscopies can be challenging, especially when procedures are performed in multiple compartments of the same knee. Read about anatomy and coding details required to accurately report these procedures.
Pay close attention to new CPT documentation and coding guidance for reporting radiological imaging. For example, a new paragraph titled “Imaging Guidance” in both the surgery and medicine guidelines advises that even when imaging guidance or supervision are included in a surgical procedure code, you must still follow the radiology documentation requirements in the CPT manual.
CMS has downgraded the supervision requirements for services performed by radiologist assistants working in medical practices, imaging centers, and radiology offices. Read about these 2019 changes to ensure accurate documentation and reporting for radiology services.
The 2019 CPT code update includes 19 code additions and three revisions to the cardiovascular section of the CPT Manual. These changes reflect advances in surgical treatment for cardiovascular conditions such as heart failure and aortic stenosis.
CMS hit the brakes on making imminent changes to the oft-used E/M code set that’s tied to billions of dollars in medical practice revenue. Review updates to E/M payment and documentation requirements effective January 1 and the extensive changes planned for implementation in 2021 under the 2019 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule final rule.