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2023 Evaluation & Management Updates Free Webinar

by  Aimee L. Wilcox, CPMA, CCS-P, CST, MA, MT

Congratulations on a successful 2021 implementation of the Evaluation and Management (E/M) changes! That was a big change, but now an even bigger change is headed your way for inpatient and all other E/M categories. How great is it that almost all of the E/M categories will now be scored based on medical decision making (MDM) or total provider time? Standardized scoring and one set of E/M guidelines has the potential of bringing about a change or improvement of provider fatigue due to over regulation and documentation burden.

End-Stage Renal Disease Risk Model Updates for 2023

by  Aimee L. Wilcox, CPMA, CCS-P, CST, MA, MT

For the first time, ESRD Medicare beneficiaries were permitted to enroll in Medicare Advantage plans beginning in 2021. Since that time, CMS has been working to revise the program to reduce costs, improve quality, and drive benefits. Effective January 1, 2025, one such change will include a definition change for "oral-only drugs." Why is Medicare changing the definition of these drugs and how will that be a driving force in advancing care models for ESRD in the future?

CMS Encourages Medicaid MCOs and CHIP to Employ Section Waivers to Improve SDoH and Reduce Healthcare Costs

by  Aimee L. Wilcox, CPMA, CCS-P, CST, MA, MT

Over the past few years, at least 15 states have consistently pursued the goal of using social determinants of health (SDOH) in their overall healthcare analysis and treatment programs for patients, and CMS has taken notice. Data and outcomes obtained from these state programs have essentially provided an outline of how the government intends to pursue health equity through managed care contracts (MCOs) and Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). What is CMS seeing that they like so much and how might that affect future MCO contracts?

New Audio-Only Telehealth Guidance to Meet HIPAA Rules

by  U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

Covered entities (healthcare providers and health plans) can use remote communications, called telehealth, to provide services to patients as long as they follow certain guidelines. Because certain populations may have difficulty using audio-video telehealth, HHS is now issuing this guidance on audio-only telehealth. This guidance will help ensure that individuals can continue to benefit from audio-only telehealth by clarifying how covered entities can provide telehealth services and improve public confidence that covered entities are protecting the privacy and security of patients' health information.

Final Rule on Communications Technology and 2021 Physicians Fee Schedule

by  Christine Woolstenhulme, QMC QCC CMCS CPC CMRS

To create a healthcare system that will benefit providers as well as Medicare beneficiaries there have been several new rules issued that begin on or after January 01, 2021. CMS released the final policy and payment provisions on December 01, 2020, which includes the physician fee schedule (PFS) for 2021. ...
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