The clock is ticking on 2021. Yes, we know that it’s not 2020 yet. But a year from now, the way you code evaluation and management (E/M) office visits is going to change completely. For starters, you will be selecting visit levels based only on time or medical decision making (MDM). There’s a lot to ...
In Billing
Nov 25th, 2019
Three new HCPCS Level II G codes are added to the Medicare Telehealth Services list for Calendar Year (CY) 2020. These codes describe new bundled services for the treatment of opioid use disorders (OUD). The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) states in the 2020 Physician Fee Schedule final rule, “By creating a separate ...
When clinical documentation gets overrun with auto-populated data, it’s time to redirect technology to better serve our patients. Medical providers will no longer be required to document the history/medical interview during outpatient/office services in health records starting Jan. 1, 2021, per the 2019 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) final rule. This new policy is supported ...
In Coding
Oct 24th, 2019
Official diagnosis coding guidance for 2019 healthcare encounters and deaths associated with e-cigarette, or vaping, product use associated lung injury (EVALI) was released Oct. 17. Until we have more specific codes, we are instructed to “Assign as many codes, as appropriate.” According to this ICD-10-CM Official Coding Guidelines – Supplement “Coding encounters related to E-cigarette, ...
In Coding
Oct 7th, 2019
Don’t let insufficient documentation lead you astray. How many times has a provider asked you, “What do I need to document to get a 99215?” All too often, medical coders feel they should help their providers understand what elements of documentation are needed to warrant the higher level evaluation and management (E/M) service. Do not ...