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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: U...
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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))...
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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 ...
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Medicare’s Searchable Physician Fee Schedule

Source: Emily Hill, PA, AAPM Coding Consultant CMS will release in early November the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) and other policy changes effective for 2019. As the new fee schedule is released, practices wil...
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ICD-10-CM Changes Released

Source: Emily Hill, PA, AAPM Coding Consultant The ICD-10-CM update for 2019 became effective October 1, 2018. The 2019 edition contains 279 additions, 51 deletions and 143 revisions for a total of 71,932 ICD-10-CM codes...
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CMS Re-Calculates 2017 MIPS Final Scores

Source: Emily Hill, PA, AAPM Coding Consultant Under the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) must provide practices with performance feedback based on the data re...
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AMA and Medical Groups Respond to the CMS Proposed E/M Changes

​ Source: Emily Hill, PA, AAPM Coding Consultant As noted in a previous e-news article, CMS proposed extensive changes to documentation and payment for new and established office visit Evaluation and Management (E/M) ser...
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UC San Diego Offers Course on Management of Low Back Pain and Osteoarthritis: Current and Future Treatments

This course will be held on September 22 at UC San Diego , and is designed to improve knowledge on shared pathophysiological mechanisms between osteoarthritis (OA) and low back pain (LBP), which will enhance competence i...
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