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World Health Assembly of the WHO Approves 11th Version of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11), Including New Diagnostic Codes for Chronic Pain

  ICD-11 will improve patient care by facilitating multimodal pain treatment and by boosting efforts to measure the quality and effectiveness of care and new research on the prevalence and impact of chronic pain Ful...
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Medicare Launches Initiative for Documentation Look-Up Tool

Medicare recently announced a plan to streamline the process of finding coverage and documentation requirements for applicable services. Currently, documentation requirements appear in various locations and on separate websites requiring physicians and staff to navigate multiple websites for information.

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AMA Webinar: Thriving in Practice - Staywell Performance Story

Register here for a webinar on May 22 at 12 pm CT to hear a long-time physician share her practice's journey through the phases of transformation and how both the struggles and the triumphs have prepared the practice tea...
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E/M Services and Procedures on the Same Day: When Can You Report Both?

According to CPT, both an Evaluation and Management (E/M) service and a procedure code can be reported if the patient's condition requires a significant, separately identifiable E/M service. "Significant" implies that th...
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New Part D Opioid Overutilization Policies

CMS implemented new opioid policies for Medicare drug plans effective January 1, 2019. Medicare Part D enrollees who have not filled an opioid prescription recently (within the last 60 days) will be limited to up to a 7-...
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PCSS Discussion Forum: A Quick, Evidence-Based Resource from Clinical Experts

The PCSS Discussion Forum provides the opportunity for health professionals to discuss clinical practices around substance use disorders and opioid use disorder with colleagues and addiction and pain experts. (Sign up is required.) 

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Opioid Treatment Agreement and Prescription Drug Monitoring Program-New Bonus Points for MIPS

Two new bonus measures have been added to the Promoting Interoperability (PI) category in the MIPS (Merit-Based Incentive Payment System) program for 2019. The new measures are not required and do not contribute to the m...
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Contribute to New AMA-RAND Research

The RAND Corporation and American Medical Association are conducting research to better understand and describe how physician practices in a variety of specialties and practice arrangements (independent, IPA, health syst...
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EHR Investigation Makes the News

Fortune and ​ Kaiser Health News ​ just released the findings of a joint investigation on Electronic Health Records (EHR). The findings highlight pitfalls that many physicians recognize all too well. The time-consuming d...
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Documenting Radiology Services in 2019

CPT has again clarified the guidelines for reporting imaging and radiology supervision and interpretation codes. CPT guidelines have specifically required image documentation in the patient record for all radiology servi...
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