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A policy change that gives greater freedom to providers who report home-visit services (99341-99350) became more fully entrenched after a May 24 update to the Medicare Claims Processing Manual.
Most physicians and mid-level providers aren't comfortable providing key mental health screenings to their patients, a recent study shows. But missing out on mental health can be a disservice to your patients' well-being and a missed opportunity for your bottom line.

Is your chronic care management (CCM) vendor doing right by you? Our expert gives you a checklist of questions you should run by any vendor you're considering to provide services for your CCM program.

Had you forgotten about the new patient relationship category modifiers unveiled in the 2018 Medicare physician fee schedule? CMS hasn't. The five new modifiers are still out there and still voluntary. But expect Medicare to shift to mandatory reporting of the modifiers soon as part of the cost portion of the merit-based incentive payment system (MIPS).
The good news: You may be due for additional reimbursement retroactive to Jan. 1. The merely OK news: You’ll have to check your claims and ask your Medicare administrative contractor (MAC) for an adjustment. The not great but could be worse news: You may owe your MAC money on some claims, but it’s just a few cents per claim.


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