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Drum Roll: What Does MPFS 2019 Final Rule Say About E/M?

5. November 2018

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Medicare released the CY 2019 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS). One of the big questions from the proposed rule was whether E/M payment rules would change. Here are some highlights on what made it into the final rule for E/M and what didn’t. The News You’ve Been Waiting for … The proposal to combine payment […]

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Smart Move: Know These Top Medicare Denial Reasons AND How to Avoid Them

10. October 2018

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  Let’s put data to work to help prevent denials! CGS is one of the Medicare contractors that provides information on top claim denial reasons, and here we’ll take a look at some denial triggers from August 2018 and how you can prevent them. Check Status Before Reporting Duplicate Service Reporting the exact same service […]

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Do You Know the Answers to These Medicare Disaster Relief Questions?

3. October 2018

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Because of Hurricane Florence, CMS issued several waivers in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia to help with access to healthcare. Even if you’re not in an affected area, this should be a reminder that disaster prep isn’t just about working in theory. You need to understand it well enough to apply it. Below you’ll […]

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2019 MPFS: Prolonged Preventive Service Codes May Make It On to Telehealth List

25. September 2018

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If telehealth is on your radar, you’ll want to watch the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule for 2019. The MPFS 2019 proposed rule discusses potential changes to Medicare telehealth services, specifically the addition of G0513 and G0514 to the Medicare telehealth list. Get a closer look at these codes so you’ll better understand them and the […]

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3 Helpful Hints for Better Subsequent Hospital Care E/M Coding

18. September 2018

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Subsequent hospital care E/M codes 99231-99233 have some oddities that can trip you up if you don’t use these codes often (and even if you do). Improve your E/M coding accuracy by keeping these three pointers in mind. 1. Look for 2 of 3 With Interval History Option The descriptors for 99231, 99232, and 99233 […]

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Provider Change Practice? Understand 2019 Payments for MIPS 2017 Performance Year

4. September 2018

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With 2018 being in its last half, questions are coming up about MIPS payment adjustments in 2019 based on the 2017 performance year. One topic of interest is what happens if a clinician moved from one practice to another. Here is an answer, straight from the CMS Fact Sheet on 2019 MIPS payment adjustments based […]

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Modifier 58 or 78? Master These Confusing Modifiers

13. August 2018

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Knowing when to use modifiers 58 and 78 isn’t easy. Base your choices on this straight-from-Medicare guidance to help ensure cleaner claims. Make Modifier 58 Your Choice for Anticipated Procedures Modifier 58 (Staged or related procedure or service by the same physician or other qualified health care professional during the postoperative period) is the focus […]

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Top Nuances to Know for the Medicare Card MBI Roll-Out

6. August 2018

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Medicare began mailing out new cards in April 2018 to meet the deadline of replacing Social Security numbers/Health Insurance Claim Numbers (HICNs) with Medicare Beneficiary Identifiers (MBIs) by April 2019. Here are some tips you may have missed to help you with the transition. Don’t Use the Dashes! On the new Medicare cards and in […]

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Hot Topic: Get the Scoop on Proposed MPFS 2019 Changes to E/M Coding and Payment

3. August 2018

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The 2019 proposed Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) includes some major potential changes to E/M coding and payment in its 665 pages. Major. Here are the highlights. Just remember that what’s below is proposed and may change before the final rule is implemented. Here’s the Big Payment News About Levels 2-5 Let’s get right to […]

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3 Things to Know About Advanced Practice Providers in Your Practice

20. July 2018

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Advanced practice providers (APPs), sometimes known as non-physician practitioners (NPPs), are essential members of the healthcare team and serve a lot of roles. But, of course, “essential” doesn’t mean they’re always easy to code for. Make sure you keep these top pointers in mind when you’re completing claims for APPs, such as physician assistants, certified […]

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