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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?
Good help is hard to find — especially in health care. Part B News recently talked to experts about how to get ahead of the non-clinical health care workers shortage. Here’s more advice from a few of them.

On the heels of two similar settlements, a Baltimore health system has settled a case for $122,928 in which it was accused of getting the doctors whose practice it had acquired to bill established patients as if they were new, inflating their charges.

Some practices that frequently report E/M services with modifer 25 (Significant, separately identifiable E/M service) are on track to face a dramatic pay reduction.
While a handful of specialists saw pay increases of 7% or more, compensation stayed fairly flat overall, according to American Medical Group Association consultants.


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