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With the Release of the 2020 Physician Fee Schedule & the Final Rule, CMS Confirms the Direction of Upcoming E/M Changes

RT Welter is providing new information regarding E/M changes in 2020. Read the updates below on what is coming next year for coding, along with changes to PCM and CCM. What’s New for 2020 The CY 2020 PFS conversion factor will increase to $36.0896, up to $0.05 from CY 2019.  Three new Telehealth Service codes…

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CMS Delays Start of Primary Care Payment Model

CMS’ Innovation Center will delay the start of a new payment model called Primary Care First by a year, according to timeline updates on the model’s information page. Primary Care First, announced in April, was slated to begin in January 2020. Now, it will begin in January 2021. The voluntary model is a set of five-year payment…

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2020 ICD‐10‐CM Updates

2019 ICD‐10‐CM updates went into effect on October 1st. These changes will impact encounters for dates of service October 1, 2019 through September 30, 2020. It is imperative that your organization has up‐to‐date coding resources and a keen understanding of the changes that will impact your reimbursement! The new updates can also influence your organization’s…

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ICM Coding

In this code spotlight, RT Welter is providing new information regarding ICM Coding. Read below to find out more information on Insertable Cardiac Monitor codes! One of the hardest parts of coding is the revolving door of code changes.  2019 saw a change to Insertable Cardiac Monitors or ICM. Codes 33282 and 33284 were deleted…

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Does Value-Based Pay Have a Future?

Private payers have begun to embrace the possibilities of value-based care. Many are not including value-based incentives, which allows the patient to save money. Read the article below to find out more on how this value-based pay system has a future. Value-based care has created a conundrum: pretty much everyone in healthcare likes the idea…

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