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A provocative post from CMS reminds us that the COVID public health emergency (PHE), in place since Jan. 31, 2020, won’t last forever. It appears the agency is preparing for the end, and so should your practice.
CMS is receiving pushback on its plan to create three new prolonged services codes that would take effect Jan. 1. A review of comments submitted for the proposed 2023 Medicare physician fee schedule shows that health care stakeholders, ranging from specialty societies to individual coding consultants, have urged CMS to abandon its plan.
Beyond the previously-covered handling of patient records after a practice shutters, owners or partners will have to deal with parties affected by their closing — payers, patients, creditors, the medical board and others. It’s not as simple as turning out the lights and locking up; you must prepare to accommodate the needs of all the parties involved.
Individual clinicians and practices continued to take part in the Quality Payment Program (QPP) during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, there were shifts in how many participants met or exceeded performance thresholds in 2020 compared to 2019, according to a CMS fact sheet.


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