Tag Archive | "2019"

Look Ahead to These 3 Trends for April 2019 CCI Updates

Monday, March 4, 2019

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Think Medicare’s April CCI updates are small potatoes? You may reevaluate that stance when you learn there are more than 11,000 additions planned for April 1, 2019. To help make it manageable, watch the three areas below. Our focus: The topic here is Medicare practitioner procedure-to-procedure (PTP) Correct Coding Initiative (CCI) edits that will be […]

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Update Your Knowledge of MIPS Promoting Interoperability for 2019

Monday, February 4, 2019

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In 2019, there are some changes to the Promoting Interoperability performance category of MIPS. Here’s what you need to know about CEHRT and scoring news for this performance year. Background: MACRA requires the Quality Payment Program (QPP) to include a MIPS performance category on meaningful use of certified EHR technology, the QPP 2019 rule states. […]

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Primary Care and Specialists Need to Know These Twin Add-On Codes by 2021

Monday, January 28, 2019

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The 2019 MPFS proposed rule discussed potential add-on G codes to represent E/M visit complexity. Here’s a quick look at the intent of the proposed codes and what the final rule had to say about their implementation in 2021. See What Happens to This Code for Specialists In the 2019 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) […]

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

Tuesday, January 22, 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

Thursday, January 17, 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

Monday, January 14, 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

Thursday, January 10, 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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HCPCS 2019: Update CROS/BiCROS Hearing Device Codes for a Better Clinical Match

Friday, January 4, 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

Thursday, December 20, 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

Monday, December 17, 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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