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AMA and Medical Groups Respond to the CMS Proposed E/M Changes

‚Äč 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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Johns Hopkins Experts Create Opioid Prescribing Guidelines for 20 Common Surgical Procedures

Source: Johns Hopkins Medicine The guidelines are based on the premise that opioid prescribing limits should be based on the operation performed rather than a blanket approach. Full story.

Highlights of the CMS Proposed Rule for the Quality Payment Program

Source: Emily Hill, PA, AAPM Coding Consultant Date: August 8, 2018 The CMS Proposed Rule for the Quality Payment Program (QPP) addressed several key changes to the 2019 QPP. The Rule expands the definition of MIPS (Meri...
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CMS Releases Proposed Rule for 2019

Source: Emily Hill, PA, AAPM Coding Consultant Date: July 23, 2018 On July 12, 2018, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the 2019 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) and Quality Payment Progra...
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Proposed Policy, Payment, and Quality Provisions Changes to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule for Calendar Year 2019

S ource: CMS On July 12, 2018, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule that includes proposals to update payment policies, payment rates, and quality provisions for services furnishe...
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Clinical Documentation Improvement (CDI): Initiating a Program for Your Practice

Source: Emily Hill, PA, AAPM Coding Consultant Date: July 11, 2018 CDI has been described as the process of improving healthcare records to ensure improved patient outcomes, data quality, and accurate reimbursement. Hist...
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RUC Survey of CPT Codes for Injection of Somatic Nerves

Source: Emily Hill, PA, AAPM Coding Consultant Date: June 20, 2018 Next week we will be contacting a random selection of members to participate in an important AMA/Specialty Society Relative Value Scale Update Committee ...
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What Is CDI and How Does It Impact You?

Source: Emily Hill, PA, AAPM Coding Consultant Date: June 6, 2018 CDI (Clinical Documentation Improvement) has been described as the process of improving healthcare records to ensure improved patient outcomes, data quali...
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New Medicare Beneficiary Identifiers (MBIs) Ready for Use

Source: Emily Hill, PA, AAPM Coding Consultant Date: May 9, 2018 Some Medicare beneficiaries are receiving new Medicare cards with new Medicare Beneficiary Identifiers (MBIs). The MBIs are 11 characters in length and wil...
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