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The 2022 updates don’t include massive E/M coding changes like last year, but several changes are much-needed and relevant to family physicians.
This year’s changes bode well for family physicians, with an expected increase in Medicare allowed charges.
The E/M coding revisions aren’t perfect, but they represent a huge step forward in reducing physicians’ documentation burden, audit risk, and complexity of code selection.
Determining whether the visit you’ve just finished should be coded as a level 4 could be as simple as asking yourself three questions.
Simplified guidelines for coding and documenting evaluation and management office visits are coming next year. Learn how to apply the guidelines to some common visit types.
The biggest changes in coding since 1997 will take effect Jan. 1, 2021. It is time to prepare for them now.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is trying to make Medicare documentation less burdensome and planning more changes that should result in a pay raise for family physicians in the future.
This year’s changes include some welcome documentation relief, new codes for portal and telephone encounters, and much more.
Physicians can cut ties with Medicare and privately contract with Medicare beneficiaries, but doing it incorrectly can be costly.
Time may be running out for the group that helps divide the Medicare pie.