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2018 Pain Management Salary Survey Results: Does Your Pay Slay or Is it Just OK?

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AmeriHealth Applies New Frequency Limits to Trigger Point Injections

AmeriHealth of New Jersey has announced a policy change effective April 1, 2019 limiting the frequency of trigger point injections that will be covered. The revised policy limits the number of injections to a maximum number of ten sessions in a 12-month period. Medicare does not have a national coverage policy for trigger point injections, however ...
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Pain Management Codes Posted

The Coding and Reimbursement Committee has updated the coding information available on the AAPM website. New charts have been posted that include information concerning Medicare's 2019 Relative Value Units (RVUs) for codes commonly reported by Pain Medicine Physicians. The title page provides links to CMS web pages that provide additional informati...
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New, Revised Pain Assessment/ Management Standards for Behavioral Health Care, Home Care, Nursing Care to Be Introduced

Effective July 1, 2019, new and revised pain assessment and management standards will be applicable to Joint Commission-accredited behavioral health care, home care and nursing care center programs. Full story .
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Alliance Against Opioid Abuse Releases Toolkit for Pharmacists

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2019 Changes—Don’t Miss Out on Needed Information

by Emily Hill, PA, AAPM Coding Consultant If you missed the AAPM live webinar on December 13, it's not too late to get the information you need for a successful practice in 2019. The webinar titled, Preparing for 2019: Update on Coding and CMS Policy Changes provides an update on the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule and its impact on Pain Medicine p...
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Changes for Neurostimulator Coding

  by Emily Hill, PA, AAPM Coding Consultant CPT 2019 made significant changes to the codes and guidelines for neurostimulator services. Code 64550 (Application of surface (transcutaneous) neurostimulator (e.g.TENS)) has been deleted. Parenthetical notes direct users to report 97014 for supervision of transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation...
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Update Regarding Risk of Tissue Overheating Due to Inaccurate Magnetic Resonance Thermometry

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Use Caution with Implanted Pumps for Intrathecal Administration of Medicines for Pain Management: FDA Safety Communication

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Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule

Source: Emily Hill, PA, AAPM Coding Consultant Date: November 20, 2018 On November 1, 2018, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the 2019 Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) and Quality Payment Program (QPP) final rule, which will be published in the Federal Register on November 23, 2018. The 2019 PFS conversion factor is $36.0391...
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