Ringing in 2020 with CPT Changes

It’s that time of year again. The American Medical Association has implemented the 2020 Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) code set. This year we have 394 changes: 248 additions, 71 deletions, and 75 revisions. All changes took effect on January 1. While the impact to urgent care is minor, several items bear highlighting Health Behavior Assessment and Intervention The codes in the Health Behavior Assessment and Intervention section are used to report services provided to improve …

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Already Looking Forward to 2021—and (Hopefully) Smoother Sailing with E/M Coding

On November 1, 2019, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) confirmed with the final rule for 2020 that they have accepted all of the American Medical Associations (AMA) recommendations for coding of office and outpatient evaluation and management (E/M) services starting in 2021. This will offer some documentation relief for providers who have been held to dated 1995 and 1997 guidelines that were written before the use of electronic medical records. However, these …

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Three Tips to Optimizing Patient Collections

Over the last decade, perhaps the most staggering shift in consumer-based healthcare has been the increase in patient responsibility. Due to the rise in high-deductible health plans (HDHPs), providers are now faced with the challenge of collecting an average of 35% of their revenue from patients, without a downward swing in the insured population. Consider the following: In 2018, 85% of covered workers had a deductible, up from 59% in 2008. The average deductible in …

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