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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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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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