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Outpatient Coders: Are These C Codes on Your Procedure Reporting List?

22. January 2019

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The HCPCS 2019 code set features several new C codes related to reporting procedures. If you use C codes, make sure you’ve got these updates on your radar. Reminder: HCPCS C codes are intended for use by Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) hospitals. The codes are used to report device categories, new technology procedures, and […]

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Say Cheese! Medicare Is Paying for Photo and Video Evals in 2019

17. January 2019

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If a picture is worth 1,000 words, how much is evaluating a picture worth? Medicare has taken a stance on that. As of Jan. 1, 2019, Medicare is paying for remote evaluation of pre-recorded patient videos and images reported using G2010. Here’s what we know from the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule. Compare Our […]

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Take the Mystery Out of the MPFS Conversion Factor and Calculations

14. January 2019

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In the 2019 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS), the conversion factor is 36.0391 compared to 35.9996 in 2018. But that sort of information helps only if you know what a conversion factor is and what to do with it. Here’s a primer you can turn to when you need to brush up on your MPFS […]

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Here’s How MIPS Participation Eligibility Shrinks and Grows in 2019

10. January 2019

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We’re in the third year of the Quality Payment Program (QPP), which includes the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). The QPP is connected to the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA). Because MIPS may result in Medicare payment adjustments up or down, knowing whether you’re required to participate is an essential first […]

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Modifier 59 Misuse Cost 1 Health System Millions — Know Where to Go for the Rules

7. January 2019

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Exploiting modifier 59 was a major factor in a recent $12.5 million settlement for False Claims Act allegations. How’s that for motivation to shore up your modifier 59 know-how? Here are some resources to get you on your way. Read the Write-Up on the Recent False Claims Act Settlement Find out some of the details […]

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HCPCS 2019: Update CROS/BiCROS Hearing Device Codes for a Better Clinical Match

4. January 2019

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For those of you who report contralateral routing hearing aid devices (CROS/BiCROS), here’s what you need to know about the big makeover these codes got for 2019. Catch the Little Differences in Code Descriptors As noted in a previous blog post about HCPCS 2019, the hearing aid codes will test your ability to spot tiny […]

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Get the Latest on Changes to Medicare’s 2019 History Documentation Requirements

20. December 2018

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We’ve been talking a lot about the 2019 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule final rule, but when there are changes to E/M rules, there can never be enough information, right? CMS recently released a response to a question that arose during a provider call about what parts of history ancillary staff or the beneficiary can document […]

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HCPCS 2019: Get to Know New Code G2012 for Virtual Check-In

17. December 2018

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Payment for non-face-to-face communication with patients isn’t the most clear-cut topic. But with new 2019 HCPCS code G2012, you’ve got an intriguing option for virtual check-ins with Medicare patients. Ready to learn more? Dig In to the Long Descriptor for G2012 The first place to learn about the code is the long code descriptor: G2012 […]

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Pop Quiz: Test Your Assumptions About QPP 2019 Payment Year

10. December 2018

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Understanding the Medicare Quality Payment Program (QPP) is tough. But the data Medicare released from the 2017 performance year shows you were up for the challenge. And that’s good news because the 2017 performance year affects 2019 Medicare payments and maybe has helped you prepare for the 2019 performance year, too. Let’s see how you […]

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Do You Land in the Winner Column for MPFS 2019?

6. December 2018

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For the 2019 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS), we’ve talked about E/M and a bit about remote monitoring. But now let’s take a general overview of the ups and downs expected for individual specialties. Know Where to Find the Info and What It Means Table 94 of the 2019 MPFS final rule is titled “CY […]

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