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Code 0174A For Patients Ages 6 Months To 4 Years

On March 14, 2023, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration amended the emergency use authorization (EUA) of the bivalent Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to allow providers to administer a booster to certain young patients. As a result, on March 17, the American Medical Association (AMA) released a new CPT® code for booster administration. Here’s what you […]
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New Medical Billing Codes You Should Know About

Physicians need to keep their billing and coding right to ensure seamless reimbursements from payers. Similarly, they should stay updated with the latest coding changes to keep their revenue cycle intact. In addition, running a successful medical practice is a daunting task as the providers need to stay updated with the industry guidelines. The year […]
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E/M Payment Policy Changes Impact Physician Reimbursement

Following E/M payment policy changes, the reimbursement gap between primary care and specialty physicians decreased by just $825, falling from $40,259.80 to $39,434.70. Evaluation and management (E/M) payment policy changes implemented in 2021 resulted in higher Medicare reimbursement for most physicians but only led to a modest decrease in the payment gap between primary care […]
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AMA Releases More 2023 CPT® Errata

E/M, Gastro, and Lab Coders, take note. The American Medical Association (AMA) announced some last-minute corrections to the CPT® code set effective Jan. 1, 2023. Add these to your code book, along with the previously released corrections, to ensure you start the year off right with accurate codes and guidelines. Evaluation and Management (E/M) In […]
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Policy Changes for Medicare Payments Under the PFS

On November 2, 2022, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued CY 2023 Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule (Final Rule), implementing certain updates and policy changes for Medicare payments under the Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) and changes to the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP), effective on or after January 1, 2023. The final […]
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Payers Wrongly Cutting Payments To Physicians For E/M Services

Payers have been wrongly cutting payments to physicians for evaluation-and-management (E/M) services—often automatically through the use of claim-editing algorithms. A new AMA resource helps physicians fight back against health insurer downcoding. Downcoding happens when a payer changes a claim to a lower-cost service than what was submitted by the physician, leading the practice to get […]
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Highly Anticipated 2023 Medicare Final Rules Published

The final rules become effective Jan. 1, 2023. Amid this election season, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has published final rules for the 2023 Part B Physician Fee Schedule and Medicare Shared Savings Program, the Outpatient Prospective Payment (OPPS) and Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) Payment System, the End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Prospective […]
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CPT Code Set Released for the year 2023

The American Medical Association (AMA) says the 2023 CPT code updates emphasize its efforts to reduce administrative tasks. The AMA released the calendar year 2023 CPT code set, which builds on the AMA’s efforts to reduce administrative tasks in medicine, according to a recent press release. The CPT code update contains 393 changes, including 225 […]
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Important 2023 E&M Code Changes for Prolonged Services

Among the changes are a new code for reporting prolonged services in the inpatient or observation setting and significant guideline revisions. The American Medical Association (AMA) recently announced major revisions to Evaluation and Management (E&M) Services, effective Jan. 1, 2023. The E&M categories that will undergo revision in 2023 include inpatient and observation care services, […]
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Intricacies of the 2021 E/M Coding Guidelines

Industry experts explain the intricacies of the 2021 E/M coding guidelines. During the Evaluation and Management (E/M) Panel general session, an expert panel made up of a physician, coder, auditor, payer, and a representative from the American Medical Association (AMA) answered audience questions regarding the 2021 E/M coding guidelines for office/outpatient visits. The panelists were […]
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