tci Outpatient Facility Coding Alert - 2015 Issue 7

CMS News: AAFP Asks CMS for More Codes for Outpatient Settings

A proposal calls for inclusion of new codes in the 2018 Medicare physician fee schedule.  Physician organizations are requesting that CMS redefine and revalue the outpatient E/M codes to reflect the broad range of services physicians provide. Unlike new physician payment models which are using technology to change the patient care, payment for primary care physicians who provide outpatient evaluation and management (E/M) services has remain unchanged.  In the new system, with variables like accountable care organizations and the comprehensive primary care initiative, physicians are interacting with patients and the entire care team in multiple ways. But...

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