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Ransomware attacks on health care organizations, including physician practices, show no sign of slowing down, and lately they have grown more sophisticated and dangerous. Pay attention to specific warnings from experts in the field.
Come April 1, coders will have additional code options to further capture social determinants of health (SDOH) and abuse and neglect, as CDC released upcoming changes to both the code set and official guidelines on Jan. 9.
The new batch of diagnosis codes and revised guidelines for social determinants of health (SDOH) that will go into effect April 1 highlight the importance policymakers place on capturing this data. For physicians and qualified health care professionals that are skeptical, let them know that collecting the information can improve patient encounters — and it might not be as much work as they think.
Following the pandemic-induced sag in patient encounters in 2020, nurse practitioners nearly returned to pre-COVID levels in 2021 — and with federal dollars buoying E/M services, their payments roared to new heights.


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