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Would you report 24 office visits for the same patient on the same day? What about a solid 24 hours of psychotherapy? You’ll be able to starting July 1, according to the medically unlikely edit (MUE) change file that CMS posted today.
 
Providers gained a substantial pay boost for audio-only E/M encounters (99441-99443) under recent CMS rulemaking -- and the path to those payments for claims you already submitted just got easier.
 
 
 
Coders will have hundreds of new ICD-10-CM codes to report Oct. 1, including codes for sickle cell anemia and osteoporosis. In addition, they’ll find a series of new options for headache codes.
 
 
With the COVID-19 public health emergency continuing to dominate the health care conversation, it may be easy to forget other important news. But CMS put out a reminder this week about a key change coming up soon -- the vast reworking of E/M office visit coding and documentation.
 
 
A second wave of policy and payment changes that CMS released today is reshaping – yet again – how the medical community can conduct care during the COVID-19 crisis and, critically, how much providers can expect to get paid.
 
In a wide-ranging update to policy guidance that CMS is touting as a “second round of sweeping changes,” the agency seeks to further expand COVID care, ramp up diagnostic testing and again loosen restrictions on which types of providers can deliver vital services like telehealth during this unprecedented emergency.
 

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