CMS E&M FAQ is likely to generate more questions than answers. Since the release by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) of the 2019 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) Final Rule, many of us have been scurrying around trying to make sense of two evaluation and management (E&M)…
Highlights of the 2019 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule, released on Nov. 1, are provided by the author. There will be no change in E&M payment levels for 2019, as was proposed in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed, rule, news that comes as a relief to many…
CMS recently released the final rule for the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule. Before I dive into the specifics of the recently released 2019 final rule for evaluation and management (E&M) services, allow me to quickly speak to three elements that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has not…
THIS STORY HAS CORRECTED TO REFLECT THE NOV. 2 RELEASE OF THE FINAL FOR 2019 EDITOR’S NOTE: CMS on Thursday released the 2019 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule. For 2019 and 2020, we will see no changes to our outpatient, office-based evaluation and management (E&M) services, but things will change come…
Is CMS preparing to slash payments for procedures with 10- and 90-day global periods? While thousands of doctors have submitted mostly unfavorable comments to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on the proposed evaluation and management (E&M) changes, there are other issues that seem to be receiving much…
CMS engages in lively discussion about the proposed 2019 MPFS. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) was asked yesterday by a listener if the agency considers their proposal to change the method of selecting the E&M code by using time, medical decision-making, or the current system and the change to…
The proposal would present a dangerous precedent for all of medicine. On July 12, 2018, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released its proposed rule on the 2019 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (CMS-1693-P). In what they say is an attempt to reduce physician burden, CMS is proposing to…
Are procedure payments in jeopardy? While most of the attention to the 2019 Physician Fee Schedule proposed rule is focusing on the evaluation and management (E&M) changes, there are other issues which seem to be receiving much less attention than they deserve. And one of those may hit physicians’ wallets…