In CMS
Feb 21st, 2019
No doubt your provider’s office or group practice has sent patients via ambulance to the hospital, now Medicare wants ambulances to bring patients to you. This a 2020 change for medical coding of transports and for providers. And it may affect evaluation and management (E/M) coding in providers’ offices. Ambulances Redirected The Centers for Medicare ...
In CMS
Feb 21st, 2019
Advance care planning (ACP) is “learning about and considering the types of decisions that will need to be made at the time of an eventual life-ending situation and what the patient’s preferences would be regarding those decisions,” per CPT Assistant (December 2014), which also shares an example of a patient who may benefit from these services. ...
In CMS
Feb 21st, 2019
A split or shared visit occurs when both a physician and a qualified non-physician practitioner (NPP) meet face-to-face with a Medicare patient on the same date of service, and the work of the physician and the NPP are “combined” into a single E/M service. Split or shared visits may improve a physician’s productivity and positively ...
In Audit
Feb 20th, 2019
I was recently asked by a medical coder if I thought our professional services would soon become obsolete as more and more computer-assisted coding (CAC) applications are developed. I did not have to think about this for very long because CAC increasingly has been brought on line in many specialties over the past 10-15 years. ...
A Seattle company looks to make primary care as easy as buying something off of Amazon.com. 98point6 is a Seattle start-up brain child of Rob Schwietzer who scaled Amazon Prime from thousands to millions and CEO Robbie Cape from Microsoft.  98point6 is focusing on “Direct Primary Care,” which involves charging the patient a subscription fee ...