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Pain Management During COVID-19

It is not breaking news that COVID-19 is affecting every aspect of society and our overall health. In an August 14, 2020 release from the American Medical Association (AMA), the under-reported issue of opioid-related overdoses is discussed. Read below to find out more. According to this brief, “More than 40 states have reported increases in…

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HHS Delays Stark Law Reforms One Year

Laws regarding physician self-referral and anti-kickback have been delayed due to the need for revisions. This delay has prevented physicians from being able to implement new solutions without the concern that they could be in violation of the law. Read the article below to learn more. The much-anticipated final rule updating physician self-referral and anti-kickback…

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Back to School With COVID-19

With COVID-19 being a huge concern when considering sending your kids back to school, educational facilities are advised to be extra diligent in their cleaning, disinfecting, and social distancing procedures. Still though, sending your child to school during a pandemic can cause your stress levels to increase. Take a look at the articles provided below…

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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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