A CMS representative solicited input from audience members on potential revisions to E/M documentation guidelines at the AMA’s 2018 CPT Symposium in Chicago this week, continuing the agency’s outreach on E/M reform that began with this year’s Medicare Physician Fee Schedule proposed rule.
Catastrophic hurricanes, mass shootings, and devastating wildfires—this autumn brought disasters that affected many regions of the country, which should have prompted organizations to consider how well equipped they are to handle such events.
Q: It is my understanding that we can make PHI disclosures using our EHR for payment/treatment/healthcare operations without a consent and that we do not need to track these requests for an accounting of disclosures. Has this changed?
Currently, there are no national guidelines for how facilities should assign evaluation and management (E/M) levels in the emergency department (ED). Under Medicare’s ambulatory payment classification (APC) system, facilities create their own internal guidelines for determining the ED visit level, and each facility must follow its own system to demonstrate compliance.
This week’s Medicare updates include new hospital appeals settlement options, revisions involving the addition and deletion of ICD-10-CM codes from certain NCDs, details on the partial settlement of a 2-Midnight policy court case, and more!
A Comprehensive Error Rate Testing (CERT) study showed insufficient documentation causes most improper payments for arthroscopic rotator cuff repairs, according to the October 2017 Medicare Quarterly Compliance Newsletter.