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Brace for a big shake-up to E/M coding. CMS announced its intention to pursue “comprehensive reform of E/M documentation guidelines” in the 2018 proposed Medicare physician fee schedule released July 13.
More small practices can quality for exclusions from the Quality Payment Program (QPP), claim hardship exceptions from electronic health record (EHR) requirements or earn automatic bonus points if the proposed QPP rule released June 20 is finalized.
It's been a bit more than a year since CMS rolled out the proposed rule for the new merit-based incentive payment system (MIPS), which makes it a bit more than a year since the editorial team for Part B News -- Roy Edroso, Laura Evans, Julia Kyles and Richard Scott -- spent hours poring over the 962-page document.
Your Medicare administrative contractor (MAC) will send your practice a letter before the end of May to let you know whether you have to participate in the merit-based incentive payment system (MIPS) to avoid a pay cut.
 
 
The head of CMS promised a final rule by Nov. 1 for the merit-based incentive payment system (MIPS) and said it would allow providers to "pick their pace" of compliance if they so choose.

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