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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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Practitioners May Prescribe Buprenorphine to Treat OUD via Telemedicine Communication

For as long as the Secretary of the Department of Health's designation of a public health emergency remains in effect, DEA-registered practitioners may issue prescriptions for buprenorphine and other controlled substance...
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Six Building Blocks: A Team-Based Approach to Improving Opioid Management in Primary Care

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality released a toolkit offering a structured team-based approach designed to support clinics as they independently implement effective, guideline-driven care for their patients ...
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ASA, AAOS Launch Toolkit to Help Physicians Safely, Effectively Alleviate Patients’ Postoperative Pain with Reduced Opioid Use

The toolkit provides physicians and patients with resources to encourage communication and decision-making to help reduce patients' postoperative pain as much and as safely as possible.

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AAAHC Publishes New Resource for Pain Management

The Pain Management Toolkit provides organizations with current information and tools to educate staff, achieve consistent, standardized processes, and consider key issues that may help in making decisions about managing...
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AMA Releases Coding Advice Related to COVID-19

  The AMA has created a quick reference flow chart for CPT reporting for COVID-19 testing that outlines coding options for testing patients for COVID-19. Although testing is not likely to be ordered by pain medicine practices, the flow chart summarizes the coding options for telemedicine, telephone and "virtual check-in" visits. Most of these options were explained in a previous article.

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