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CMS Seeking Comment on E/M Add-on Code GPC1X

CMS is looking for public comments on the changes of the 2021 E/M codes. The added code focuses on services and resources suited to individual patients regarding ongoing and long-term illness. Keep reading to learn more about the addition of this code. With the proposed 2021 Evaluation & Management (E/M) changes final rule on track…

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ABN Use Extension

The Advance Beneficiary Notice of Noncoverage (ABN) is widely used to help out those who will be denied Medicare payments. The renewal deadline has recently been extended as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Here you’ll find more information regarding the details of the ABN use extension. Due to COVID-19 concerns, CMS is going to expand…

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Spinal Decompression

The report below describes a patient undergoing spinal surgery. The entire procedure has been documented in detail, describing the step by step process used by doctors to carry out the surgery. Keep reading for more on how this procedure was performed. Do you have a complicated surgery case that needs help with coding? RT Welter…

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Proposal to Expand Telehealth Benefits Permanently for Medicare Beneficiaries

CMS proposed changes to expand telehealth which would improve healthcare in rural areas. The proposal will also ensure proper reimbursement times and other important changes. Read the article below for more information on this important update. Trump Administration Proposes to Expand Telehealth Benefits Permanently for Medicare Beneficiaries Beyond the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency and Advances…

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Medical Necessity in E/M

As we move closer to 2021 and our new E/M guidelines, now is the perfect time to educate our clinicians on the importance of documenting their encounters to include medical necessity. In the January 2020 issue of CMS MLN on Evaluation & Management under the General Principles of E/M Documentation, we see this guidance; Clear…

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7 Things to Consider with New Telehealth Legislation Proposed

Last week, members of the House of Representatives Telehealth Caucus introduced the bipartisan Protecting Access to Post-COVID-19 Telehealth Act. Check out the article below for 7 things to consider with this new Telehealth legislation.  The legislation “seeks to expand the use of telehealth beyond the current national health crisis, including permanently eliminating obsolete geographic originating…

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Stay Hydrated During These Hot Summer Months

We have all seen water bottles with times listed on the sides reminding you to continue drinking water throughout the day. As you spend time outside this summer and temperatures continue to increase, staying hydrated is just as important as wearing your sunscreen. Do you know the warning signs that you are dehydrated? Spend just…

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