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The most recent attempt at Medicare payment reform was, in retrospect, an unmitigated success — legislatively, at least. As far as the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act’s (MACRA) impact on physician practices? That’s a more complicated matter.
The collapse of yet another version of an Obamacare repeal-and-replace bill in the Senate likely means that the ACA status quo will persist for a while, though other Trump administration machinations may affect the program’s ability to provide inexpensive coverage for patients.
Shore up the depth and timeliness of your documentation when you report subsequent hospital visits (99231-99233) and you’ll go a long way to avoiding denials on these oft-reported codes.

You can find more time for appointments even in busy physician practice schedules by taking small steps that can make a big difference, a new study of practice operations says.

Take note of some interesting patterns among specialties when it comes to hospital inpatient codes, even if the codes’ utilization and denial rates haven’t changed much in recent years.


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