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Brace for a big shake-up to E/M coding. CMS announced its intention to pursue “comprehensive reform of E/M documentation guidelines” in the 2018 proposed Medicare physician fee schedule released July 13.
After weeks of secret meetings, Senate Republicans have released a ‘discussion draft’ of their proposal to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act and hope to rush the sweeping legislation to a Senate floor vote before the July 4 recess.
More small practices can quality for exclusions from the Quality Payment Program (QPP), claim hardship exceptions from electronic health record (EHR) requirements or earn automatic bonus points if the proposed QPP rule released June 20 is finalized.

The American Medical Association wants to widen the 60-day window within which physicians can be replaced by locum tenens equivalents. But a locum expert says CMS is unlikely to go for it.

Good news: A CMS source tells Part B News that the recent eClinicalWorks (ECW) settlement won't lead to blanket incentive payment takebacks or worse, as some providers had worried.

 

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