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CHICAGO, Nov. 20 - After several sessions covering the historic E/M code changes moving closer to reality, some audience members here at the CPT and RBRVS 2020 Annual Symposium had pointed questions for CMS officials about the billions of dollars potentially on the move under the physician fee schedule in 2021. 
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?
 

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