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Only a fraction of physical therapy providers will be required to do MIPS in 2019. But some will have the option to get in and score bonuses, and a time cushion gives them a chance to see whether it’s worth doing.
Keep an eye on the early results of the value-based insurance design (VBID) that CMS is expanding nationally in 2020: Only “high-value providers” will be eligible for the care enticements, such as reduced co-pays and getting paid for telehealth services, that are expected to be on offer to patients.
A spate of recent bomb scares in medical facilities increases the need for an action plan that neither overestimates nor underestimates the threat and keeps staff and patients safe.
Question: What 2019 CPT updates were made to E/M codes for interprofessional telephone and internet consultations?
Primary care practices and appropriate specialties may welcome additional coverage options and less cost-sharing among their patients who are tethered to the Medicare Advantage Value-Based Insurance Design (MA-VBID) model.


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