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Federal CMS Agrees to Improvements in E/M Documentation and Delays “Collapse” of Levels

In the 2019 proposed rule on the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS), the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed revisions to the E/M documentation guidelines intended to reduce administrative burden on physicians. In addition, the federal CMS proposed coding and payment changes to new and established office visit services. The AMA led the…

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CMS 2019 Rules — Changes to the Fee Schedule

Changes to the 2019 PFS include the following: Elimination of the requirement to document the medical necessity of a home visit in lieu of an office visit. For established patients, when relevant information is already in the medical record, practitioners can focus documentation on what has changed since the last visit. Practitioners don’t need to…

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CMS Finalizes 2019 Rules

CMS has issued its final 2019 rule for both the Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) and the Quality Payment Program (QPP), which includes the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). “Today’s rule finalizes dramatic improvements for clinicians and patients and reflects extensive input from the medical community,” CMS Administrator Seema Verma said in a statement. “Today’s rule…

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