2021 Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule – Prolonged Services

by Barbara J Cobuzzi The 2021 Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule was published by CMS on Tuesday December 1, 2020. (https://www.cms.gov/files/document/12120-pfs-final-rule.pdf) There were not many surprises since we had the Proposed Rule to review during the late summer/early fall. But one new item was introduced as part of the 2021 Outpatient E&M Documentation changes that was not expected and that was the introduction of CMS code G2212, “Prolonged office or other outpatient evaluation and management service(s) beyond maximum required time of the primary procedure which as been selected using total time on the date of the primary service; each additional 15 minutes by the physician or qualified healthcare professional with or without direct patient contact (list separately in addition to CPT codes 99205 or 99215 for office or other outpatient evaluation and management services)”. G2212 replaces AMA CPT code 99417 for Medicare Part B patients. The AMA description of 99417, “Prolonged office or other outpatient evaluation and management service(s) beyond minimum required time of the primary procedure which as been selected using total time requiring total time with or without direct patient contact beyond the usual service, on the date of the primary service, each additional 15 minutes of total time (list separately in addition to CPT codes 99205 or 99215 for office or other outpatient evaluation and management services)” Comparing the definitions of G2212 and 99417 it appears at first blush, that they are they are the same. But in reality, one word difference in the two definitions is what sets them apart and… Read More

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OIG Uncovers Medicare Overpayments for Chronic Care Management Services

Chronic care management (CCM) services are services that do not involve face-to-face patient/provider contact. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) implemented Medicare coverage for CCM in Jan. 1, 2015. There are very specific guid… For more, read here: AAPC Blog Related Posts:Compliance Services3 Issues in 2019 Virtual CareCMS Proposes Add-on Codes for E/M Services2021 Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule – Prolonged ServicesReporting Bilateral Services: Conflicting…98point6 Wants to be Amazon Prime of Primary Care

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CMS Goes After Medicare Advantage Overpayments

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) knows that a significant amount of money is being overpaid to insurance companies in the Medicare Advantage program, but they have yet to recover these overpayments. That’s about to change. CMS sa… For more, read here: AAPC Blog Related Posts:Changing the Way Medicare Pays DoctorsPrevent Medicare Claims Denials in 2020Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Model to Change in 2020OIG Uncovers Medicare Overpayments for Chronic Care…Appeals Backlog Gone in 4 Years: Medicare

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CMS Proposes Payment Changes to Endoscopic Sinus Codes

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is proposing major payment changes to sinus endoscopy services. The 2020 Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) proposed rule includes the following excerpt: We are proposing to apply the special rule for m… For more, read here: AAPC Blog Related Posts:Auditing Postoperative Sinus DebridementsNo Changes to E/M Payment Until at Least 2021Special Rules Apply to Endoscopic Sinus SurgeriesCMS Proposes Add-on Codes for E/M ServicesCMS Proposes a Single E/M Payment, Streamlined Doc…

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