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01/18/2021
A new AMA report on physician compensation suggests that hybrid arrangements that is, compensation based in part on salary and in part on productivity or other factors are becoming increasingly common. Depending on your set-up, you should consider adapting to the new normal or rejiggering your compensation plans to better align your practice and retain your docs.
01/18/2021
The COVID-19 pandemic has affected all aspects of health care, and physician compensation is no exception. That would be particularly true for physicians whose productivity payments were affected by COVID-related closures, reduced patient traffic and the switch to telemedicine.
01/18/2021
Responding to a COVID-19 omnibus bill passed in late December, CMS revised the 2021 conversion factor under the Part B fee schedule to $34.89. That marks a nearly 8% increase from the $32.41 rate that the agency had previously approved in the final 2021 Medicare physician fee schedule Dec. 1.
01/18/2021
Practices and billing practitioners should use the coding method that benefits the practitioner when they decide whether to code an office visit based on time or medical decision-making (MDM). Auditors should not second-guess the provider’s choice during a review.
01/18/2021
A new CMS proposed rule related to prior authorization would require insurers to put in technical processes to speed up those administrative approvals. But take heed: It omits one large area of provider concern.
01/18/2021
The outlook on E/M office visit payments was looking strong heading into 2021, but recent fee changes are on track to supercharge those services.
01/13/2021
On Jan. 4, 2021, CMS updated the Part B conversion factor to $34.89, an increase of 8% over the previously finalized rate. The agency also revised total relative value units (RVU) for hundreds of services. Find the latest fees here.
01/11/2021
A new proposed rule promises to make some HIPAA Privacy Rule requirements simpler for providers to fulfill by eliminating paperwork and permissions related to the transfer of protected health information (PHI).
01/11/2021
Physicians can breathe a little easier in the new year Congress has erased the deep Medicare fee cuts CMS laid out in the final 2021 physician fee schedule as an offset to higher E/M pay rates.
01/11/2021
Here’s some good news to start the year: The new rules that update the Stark physician self-referral law and the anti-kickback statute should make it easier for practices to stay in compliance with the expansive anti-fraud laws.

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