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You can’t take short cuts when you recalculate revenue projections: In addition to the conversion factor upgrade, CMS has tweaked literally thousands of RVUs.
Careful readers of the final 2021 Medicare physician fee schedule noticed that the rule contains total times for codes 99202-99215. But those times don't match the time ranges for the revised E/M codes.
Everyone’s favorite office procedure, cerumen removal using lavage (69209) made a cameo appearance during the E/M office visit coding presentation during the AMA’s virtual CPT RBRVS Symposium this week.
New prolonged service code 99417 is the star of next year’s prolonged service show -- but coders should be aware of the other changes to the code set that will go into effect next year.

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