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2021 E/M Changes – Start Planning Today!

2021 brings us monumental changes to Evaluation and Management coding and reporting!  Notable changes will include: Deletion of CPT code 99201, new time reporting guidelines and modifications to criteria for medical decision-making. The new guidance also includes a revision to the work relative value units (RVU) for E/M office visits to match up with the…


Ortho Note -Incomplete Diagnosis

As Risk Adjustment (RA) and Hierarchical Condition Category (HCC) coding continue to grow and become common practice it is important for not just coders, but also our clinicians to recognize its importance and the effect it has on reimbursement. Below is an example of a procedure and notes regarding coding and why our clinician must…


CMS Releases Shoulder Arthroscopy Billing Data

In the January 23rd edition of the MLN Connects, CMS announced the release of a Comparative Billing Report (CBR) on Shoulder Arthroscopies for Medicare part B claims. This information can be vital for Orthopedic practices during the audit process. Data will be compared based on other providers in your state as well as nationwide. However,…


U codes ~ ICD-10

Vaping and E-cigarette use by young adults has grown over the past few years. While many are ignoring the effects of using these products, the CDC and CMS have released addendums regarding these products after the World Health Organization confirmed the side effects of vapes and e-cigarettes. Read below for more on these important updates…