The calendar year 2021 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) final rule will have a significant impact on physician health systems. Review the implications of updated coding and payment policies that will boost payment for certain E/M services and cut the Medicare conversion factor by 10.2%.
In this article, Laura Evans, CPC, reviews 2021 E/M coding for outpatient encounters based on provider documentation of medical decision-making (MDM). She breaks down the four levels of problems addressed and describes the types of conditions that would fall into each category.
A multi-organizational collaborative is proving further evidence of the growing interest in behavioral health integration with primary care. Read about organizational efforts to improve collaboration between primary care and mental health providers and enhance billing for behavioral health services.
Public comments on 2021 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) proposed rule offer insight into the policy preferences of the medical practice industry. Familiarize yourself with controversial proposed policies to restrict telehealth billing and reduce payment rates for audio-only E/M services.
The COVID-19 public health emergency has not made it easy, but coders and medical practice staff have a lot to be proud of this year. Review key findings from a medical practice salary survey, including data to support medical staff pay increases and expanded job responsibilities.
In a recent National Correct Coding Initiative (NCCI) update, CMS rolled back many of the procedural edits that it temporarily extended in light of the novel coronavirus public health emergency. Read up on the changes, including 291,274 procedure-to-procedure edits, which took effect October 1.
On January 1, new patient office visit code 99201 will be deleted from the CPT code set and coders will find revised descriptors for E/M codes 99202-99205 and 99211-99215. Read about how these changes will impact E/M leveling, medical decision-making (MDM), and code selection for outpatient visits.
Outpatient coders should be familiar with CPT reporting for knee surgeries based on information in the operative note. This article reviews the anatomy of the knee joint and CPT coding for arthroscopic and reconstructive procedures used to visualize and treat common knee conditions.
Q: When would it be appropriate to report modifier -58 (staged or related procedure or service by the same physician during the postoperative period) for a procedure performed during the postoperative period?
CMS is moving forward for E/M changes for physician billing according to the 2021 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule. Read about those changes, as long as a preview of new CPT codes that will be added for 2021.
Familiarize yourself with notable code updates in the 2021 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) proposed rule, including new E/M reporting guidelines and CPT® codes for lung biopsies, auditory testing, and chronic care management.
Familiarize yourself with proposed updates to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS), including plans to significantly revise the E/M coding guidelines and extend telehealth flexibilities beyond the COVID-19 public health emergency.
Coders must apply modifiers to CPT codes for select services rendered during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) public health emergency to ensure that providers are paid in full for documented work. This article details reporting of telehealth modifiers -95, -G0, and -GQ, and emergency modifiers -CR and -CS. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
Coding managers: Take steps to effectively prepare staff for the transition to the new E/M guidelines, scheduled to take effect January 1. Review advice from coding experts on updating patient forms, medical record software, and rethinking your workflow to prepare staff for the changes to come.
Changes to office E/M guidelines, effective January 1, 2021, will give providers the option to code based on the total time they spend on a patient’s care per date of service. Prepare for these changes by reviewing rules for time-based E/M documentation and code selection.
Outpatient coders must be able to assign E/M codes for the providers’ work and resources utilized by the facility during emergency visits. This article takes a close look at facility E/M coding and payment for visit services rendered in Type A and Type B emergency departments (ED). Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
Physician practices have started reopening to patients but are not expecting a return to normal anytime soon. They continue to struggle with staffing shortages and lost revenue due to COVID-19 restrictions.
Practices that have experienced a shutdown or a near-shutdown during the COVID-19 national public health emergency need to adhere to state regulations for re-opening. In addition, they must consider the impact that re-opening would have on staff members and patients impacted by the pandemic.
Modifier -22 indicates that the procedural work performed by the provider or surgeon was substantially greater than what is typically required. The application of this modifier allows providers to receive additional reimbursement for a procedural service that was especially challenging, time-consuming, or unusual.