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In a sprawling Part B fee schedule released today, CMS proposed a 4% decrease to the Medicare conversion factor, revised policies for numerous E/M services, physician assistant billing freedoms and a loosening of telehealth coverage policies.
 
Practices will have a new ICD-10-CM code to report for post COVID-19 cases (sometimes known as long-haul COVID) starting Oct. 1.
 
The two-year countdown to the next set of E/M changes has started.
 
 
Responding to a COVID-19 omnibus bill passed in late December, CMS revised the 2021 conversion factor that determines Part B fees to $34.89 -- a nearly 8% increase from the $32.41 rate that the agency had previously approved as part of its annual rulemaking.
 
Physicians can breathe a little easier going into 2021 – Congress has erased the deep Medicare fee cuts CMS laid out in the final 2021 physician fee schedule as an offset to higher E/M pay rates.

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