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AMA Releases New Code for Use During the Public Health Emergency

On September 8, the American Medical Association (AMA) released a new code to report the additional practice expenses incurred during a public health emergency (PHE) that is over and above those usually included in a medical visit or service. The code accounts for the additional supplies, materials, and clinical staff time associated with evaluation, management and procedural services provided during the current PHE. 

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Pain Management Provider Online Reviews Fall Short

Online reviews are easy to write and convenient to access, but when it comes to pain medicine, reviews of health care providers can often miss the mark, according to a new editorial. Read more .  
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When Patients Become Pregnant: How to Maintain Chronic Pain Management

The prevalence of pre-existing chronic pain conditions in pregnant women is unknown. But with the increasing rates of women older than 30 years giving birth, clinicians are likely to see women with complex medical proble...
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AHRQ Draft Report on Treatments for Acute Pain

The Evidence-based Practice Center (EPC) Program at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has posted the draft report for the systematic review on Treatments for Acute Pain: A Systematic Review . It is av...
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CMS Releases Proposed Rule for 2021 Physician Fee Schedule

On August 3, 2020, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule that includes proposals to update payment policies and payment rates for services furnished under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) on or after January 1, 2021. While the proposed rule predicts an almost 11% overall reduction in payments, the impact will not affect all physicians and specialties in the same manner. In fact, pain management specialists may realize a 7% increase overall in Medicare payments.

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CMS Issues Summary of Physician Fee Schedule Policies During the Public Health Emergency (PHE)

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a Medicare Learning Network (MLN) article with an effective date of June 12, 2020. The article summarizes the policy changes impacting the Physician Fee Schedule during the time of this Public Health Emergency (PHE). During the early part of the PHE, numerous changes were made to reimbursement policies associated with telehealth and non-face-to-face services. The article addresses the cumulative changes that occurred over this period. Specifically, the following topics are addressed:

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Re-opening and Revitalizing Your Practice During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Free CME Enduring Material

Hear from an expert panel comprised of both academic as well as private practice practitioners who share strategies to safely and successfully provide patient care in this new environment in this recorded webinar from Ma...
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Management of Primary Headaches in Pregnancy

The Evidence-based Practice Center Program at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has posted the draft report for the systematic review on Management of Primary Headaches in Pregnancy . Read more.

Virtual Services During the Time of COVID-19

Public and private insurers have taken steps to increase telehealth services during the public health emergency due to COVID-19. CMS is expanding its Virtual Services benefits on a temporary and emergency basis. The expanded benefit is retroactive to March 1, 2020 and allows patients to receive care at their place of residence rather than in a physician office or a hospital. The most recent expansion included payment for telephone calls with patients.

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COVID-19: Clinical Considerations for Using Telemedicine with Pain Patients

Practical Pain Management discusses considerations and best practices for the rapid introduction of remotely supported (eHealth) pain management services based on a paper recently published in PAIN.

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