In Billing
Nov 21st, 2018
The 2019 Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) final rule doesn’t hold a lot of surprises for physical therapists, as the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized most of what they proposed for therapy services in July. To the relief of many commenters, however, there is one provision CMS didn’t follow through on — at least ...
In CMS
Nov 20th, 2018
Monumental changes to Medicare policy finalized in the 2019 Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) final rule warranted a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) national call, held Nov. 19. Here’s a summary of what you may have missed. First Up: Evaluation and Management Services CMS started out with an explanation of the Patients Over Paperwork ...
In CMS
Nov 1st, 2018
The 2019 Physician Fee Schedule and Quality Payment Program final rule has come out. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced Nov. 1 they are not going to make changes to payment for evaluation and management (E/M)  services until at least 2021. CMS Administrator Seema Verma said in a press release, “We know ...
In the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) proposed rule for 2019 payment policies, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) introduces radical changes to the way healthcare practitioners would be reimbursed for evaluation and management (E/M) services furnished to their Medicare Part B patients beginning in 2019. At the crux of the debate that ensued with the ...
In Coding
Sep 4th, 2018
As the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) makes the proposal to change evaluation and management (E/M) payment based on this new approach, why aren’t CPT® E/M codes changing this year? Good Question! Here’s the Answer CPT® doesn’t include Medicare rules and guidelines – only American Medical Association (AMA) guidelines. Changes made for Medicare ...