Medicare Plans to Phase in Changes for Office-Visit Payments

Source: Medscape

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) said it will phase in changes to payments to physicians for office visits, proceeding over the objection of many medical groups with its overhaul of reimbursement for evaluation and management (E&M) services, according to a Medscape report.

CMS on Thursday released the final version of its 2019 update of the physician fee schedule. Through this rule, CMS plans to implement several documentation policy changes in 2019 and 2020, while holding off on others. For example, CMS will finalize codes for telehealth services related to home dialysis and acute stroke effective January 1, 2019.

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