In CMS
Aug 8th, 2018
During a July 18, 2018 CMS Twitter™ podcast, CMS National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, Donald Rucker, M.D. defended the new CMS 2019 proposal to make documentation of the History optional for health records. He was asked, “In light of technology’s thirst for data to identify best practices and construct predictive algorithms, is it possible ...
When you prepare yourself and have a test-taking strategy, panic subsides. By Melissa Kirshner, CPC, CRC, CPC-I, AAPC Fellow For many, the pressure and stress of passing the Certified Professional Coder (CPC®) exam manifests itself in physical and emotional ways. For example, I had horrible dreams every night leading up to it. I’d cautiously open ...
Billing for new patients requires three key elements and a thorough knowledge of the rules. A persistent concern when reporting evaluation and management (E/M) services is determining whether a patient is new or established to the practice. New patient codes carry higher relative value units (RVUs), and for that reason are consistently under the watchful ...
CPT® code and guideline changes show a shift towards collaborative care and behavioral health management. With the release of CPT® 2018, we see major changes in coding throughout the Evaluation and Management (E/M) section. New codes and chapters were added for collaborative care management (CoCM) and behavioral health management. Let’s review these complex changes, which ...
Certification exams can be stressful, but E/M leveling doesn’t have to make it worse. By Colleen Mescall, MHA/E, CPC, CPC-I, CPMA, AAPC Fellow Evaluation and management (E/M) coding can be intimidating for many people sitting for the Certified Professional Coder (CPC®) exam. How do you determine an E/M level when the level of the three ...