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CMS scaled back many of the proposed changes to chronic and transitional care management services (CMS), but a few made it to the final rule. Next year you’ll have an add-on code for chronic care management code provided by clinical staff and two codes for management of a single high-risk condition.
 
The vast reshaping of E/M documentation standards and payment changes took a significant step closer to reality as CMS put a stamp of approval on its previous proposals to overhaul how medical practices report office and outpatient E/M services 2021.
 
Next year many providers will see a modest boost to the conversion factor that, along with relative value units (RVUs), dictates pay rates across all services in the Medicare physician fee schedule. The conversion factor will rise to $36.0896 in 2020, which CMS previously proposed, from $36.0391 in 2019, according to the final fee schedule. However, the anesthesia conversion factor will decrease to $22.2016 in 2020 from $22.2730 this year. That’s a drop from the proposed anesthesia conversion factor of $22.2774.
 
 
You've heard by now of the momentous changes coming to your office-based E/M codes in 2021. And perhaps you caught wind of accompanying payment updates. But just how game-changing are the new payments?
 
CMS has painful plans for the somatic nerve block family of codes next year. Proposed cuts to work and other relative value units (RVUs) will result in lower pay for most codes in the 64400-64450 range, DecisionHealth analysis of the proposed 2020 Medicare physician fee schedule reveals.
 
You can dismiss a lot of the controversial updates to office E/M services, such as blended payment rates, that drew an outcry from the medical community. But you’re now on the clock to get in line with far-reaching documentation changes for these oft-used services, according to the 2020 proposed Medicare physician fee schedule released today.
 

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