In Billing
Sep 13th, 2019
October 1 is a scary time for medical coders. There are fourth quarter updates to HCPCS Level II codes and code editors. Payment system and fee schedules are updated. And ICD-10-CM code changes go into effect. What’s a coder to do? Whatever you do, don’t hide under your bed. Jason’s under there (just a little Friday ...
Aug 15th, 2019
Several changes to the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) track of the Quality Payment System (QPP) are outlined in a proposed rule for 2020 revisions to payment policies under the Physician Fee Schedule (PFS). Most of the proposed changes come as no surprise, but there is one proposal, in particular, that will make a huge ...
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 CMS
Aug 12th, 2019
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is proposing major payment changes to sinus endoscopy services. The 2020 Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) proposed rule (page 53) includes the following excerpt: We are proposing to apply the special rule for multiple endoscopic procedures to this family of codes beginning in CY 2020. This proposal would treat ...
In Billing
Jul 8th, 2019
Free resources that will help you report provider services accurately. Due to productivity demands, medical coders may be tempted to rely on word of mouth for answers to coding questions, rather than to read guidelines, policies, rules, and instructions to substantiate coding decisions. Although seeking the advice of knowledgeable and experienced coders may be necessary ...