In CMS
Jun 18th, 2019
Medical coders who were unsure what documentation non-Medicare payers would expect in light of the Patients Over Paperwork Initiative now have more to go on. The initiative reduced documentation requirements for outpatient evaluation and management (E/M) services (CPT® 99201-99215) provided to Medicare Part B patients beginning in 2021. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) indicat...
In CMS
May 8th, 2019
Evaluation and Management (E/M) is changing over the next two years. These will be the most significant payment and code changes since 1997 and will upend the medical coding and billing. Adding to the unsettling  information about the changes is that they continue to evolve. Awareness is Key To succeed, be aware of the changes ...
Mar 14th, 2019
The American Medical Association (AMA) issued a press release March 13 to announce its latest advocacy for vaccination: As some technology companies have announced steps to combat the spread of vaccine misinformation, the American Medical Association (AMA) today issued a letter to the CEOs of six of the country’s leading social media and technology companies ...
In Billing
Sep 6th, 2018
The American Medical Association (AMA) sent a letter to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma on Aug. 27, 2018, with signatures from medical societies with comments on the CMS proposal for the Patients Over Paperwork initiative. AMA Loves Paperwork Reduction In the letter, the AMA says that they support CMS’ initiative ...
In CMS
Jul 17th, 2018
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma detailed plans to revamp evaluation and management (E/M) in a letter to physicians July 17th. But don’t start worrying about the codes changing. The letter, released in CMS’ MLNconnects newsletter, criticizes the current 5 level office visit codes, which Verma claims make up 40 percent of Medicare ...