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You could find a single payment amount for your level 2 to 5 office codes and significantly reduced documentation requirements as soon as Jan. 1 should changes put forth in the 2019 proposed Medicare physician fee schedule come to realization.
Providers could have 435 code changes to deal with starting Oct. 1 with 247 new codes, 139 revised codes and 49 codes rendered invalid, according to the hospital inpatient prospective payment system (IPPS) proposed rule released April 24.
The window on patients being able to carry so-called skimpy insurance plans may get larger after CMS and other federal agencies co-released a proposed rule that would extend the duration of such plans to 12 months. The move might restrict access to some providers and services, notes CMS.
CMS is preparing to cancel four mandatory episode payment models for common cardiac and orthopedic conditions that were due to begin in January, according to a proposed rule issued Aug. 15.

Medicare's proposed 2018 physician fee schedule previewed 74 new services that you'll be able to report next year.


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