No Changes to E/M Payment Until at Least 2021
Our friends at the AAPC published an article stating, No Changes to E/M Payment Until at Least 2021.
The 2019 Physician Fee Schedule and Quality Payment final rule has come out.
The goal is to reduce E/M Burden by changing documentation rules and basing the E/M level on the current calculation of medical decision-making (MDM) which left a number of unanswered questions and potential unintended consequences. The AMA asked that the change be delayed for one year, until 2020, and that a work group be convened to better address how the changes to reduce the burden on providers for E/M documentation be developed over the next year, in time for the 2020 fee schedule.
CMS has decided not to reduce payment for the E/M services provided on the same day as minor procedures. Nor will they create separate coding and payment for podiatric E/M visits. Standardized allocation of practice expense relative value units for certain codes has also been scrubbed for now.
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