In CMS
Aug 13th, 2019
Changes to payment, coding, and documentation policies for evaluation and management (E/M) services finalized in the 2019 Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) final rule are necessary to align with the American Medical Association’s (AMA) revisions to the 2021 CPT code set for office/outpatient E/M visits, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). The proposed policy changes for ...
In Audit
Jul 24th, 2019
AAPC’s Regional Conference in New York City (Aug. 19-21) is a must for anyone who works in the business of healthcare such as medical coders, billers, and auditors. There will be opportunities galore for education, networking, vendor resources – all at a venue that can’t be beat. This year’s lineup of speakers includes Marianne Durling, ...
Jun 17th, 2019
Never miss another education opportunity that offers AAPC-approved continuing education units (CEUs)! Look in the Knowledge Center for weekly announcements of upcoming events. Here’s what is available this week: Setting Your Business Up for MIPS Success in 2019 DATE: Tuesday, June 18 – 10 AM PT | 1 PM ET CUE Credit: 1.0 Cost: FREE In ...
In Billing
May 31st, 2019
The Durable Medical Equipment Medicare Administrative Contractors (DME MAC) are changing the requirement that medical coders to use the right (RT) and left (LT) modifiers for certain HCPCS codes, and that the modifiers be used when billing two of the same item or accessory on the same date of service and the items are being ...
In Billing
May 29th, 2019
Consumers overspent $18.5 billion on diagnostic imaging in 2017, according to a UnitedHealth Group (UHG) research brief, released May 23. The health insurer attributes the overspending to price gouging by some providers. Echocardiograms in 2017, for example, cost patients anywhere between $210 and $1,830, according to the brief. The average was $480, but UHG says ...