Proposed E&M Changes: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
Backlash continues over the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed changes to evaluation and management (E&M) coding and reimbursement found inside the proposed 2019 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule.
But it’s not all bad news. On this edition of Talk Ten Tuesdays, when Sally Streiber, president of Practical Coding Solutions, LLC, returns to the broadcast and launch part one of her two-part series reviewing the proposed changes.
Sally will begin the first part of her series with the “ugly,” notably a 50 percent reduction of the less-expensive service when an E&M code and a procedure are billed on the same date of service. Sally will return on Aug. 28 with part two, reporting the good and the bad of other anticipated impacts.
Other segments to be featured on the broadcast include:
- Talk Tuesdays News Desk: The NFL continues to make payouts for former players who have been diagnosed not only with chronic traumatic encephalopathy, but now Parkinson’s and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), according to a recent news report by the Los Angeles Times. Senior healthcare consultant Laurie Johnson, an ICD10monitor contributor, reports on the clinical indicators of these two diagnoses in advance of the NFL season, which kicks off Sept. 6.
- Mental Health Report: Feeling the heat? With unseasonably hot weather plaguing most of the U.S., physicians are feeling another kind of burn; burnout. A recent study reports that 52 percent of physicians feel burned out regularly. Returns to report on this topic will be nationally renowned psychiatrist H. Steven Moffic, MD, the Talk Ten Tuesdays resident psychiatrist.
- TalkBack: Talk Ten Tuesdays co-host Erica Remer, MD, FACEP, CCDS, founder and president of Erica Remer, MD, Inc., reports on her personal role as a patient advocate for her ailing father. Joining the conversation will be Caitlin Donovan, director of outreach and public affairs for the National Patient Advocate Foundation.
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