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A recent study shows automated text messaging to transitional care management (TCM) patients was tied to reduced readmission to the hospital and ED, suggesting that these SMS interventions can go beyond patient-provider convenience and actually improve patient care. They may also boost provider performance ratings — in payer programs and at review websites.
On the heels of the omnibus spending bill that President Biden signed into law Dec. 29, CMS has taken up one of its imperatives to scale down the reduction in Medicare payments. The agency posted a revised conversion factor of $33.8872, replacing the $33.0607 amount originally released with the final 2023 Medicare physician fee schedule.
Remember to add the latest designated health service (DHS) codes to your practice’s compliance plan. For the first time CMS did not release the updated list in the final Medicare physician fee schedule.
Diabetes mellitus is an insidious condition, as it invades the body in many different ways. This chronic disease causes elevated levels of glucose in the blood. If left untreated, this systemic condition leads to serious damage to multiple body systems. Ensure you’re capturing your patients’ details correctly to depict accurate coding.
Emergency department visits (99281-99288) topped the list of services that triggered a request for an independent dispute resolution (IDR) during the second and third quarters of 2022, according to a report on the newfangled payment dispute process.


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