Contents tagged with medicare
$4.5 million in grants awarded to increase GME in Texas
The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board has announced awards of more than $4.5 million over the next two years in two programs … more
Congress works to repeal SGR as 24 percent Medicare rate cut looms
AAFP submits comments, recommendations on bipartisan, bicameral proposal
Congress might be closer than ever to … more
Do EHR mandates exist?
It depends. What is your definition of a mandate? You do not have to use an electronic health record in your practice, but if you don’t, Medicare penalties will be incurred … more
What you need to know about pre- and post-payment EHR audits
By David Nilasena, M.D.Chief Medical Officer for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ Southwest Region
An eligible … more
Stage 2 of the electronic health record incentive programs: Building from Stage 1
By David Nilasena, M.D.Chief Medical Officer for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ Southwest Region … more
By Samantha White
Since the signing of the Affordable Care Act in 2010, you’ve probably had many patients come to you for answers to a host of questions, but you can expect an … more
E-prescribe by June 30 and avoid penalties
Medicare physicians must report e-prescribing on at least 10 unique Medicare encounters using G-code G8553 by June 30, 2013 to avoid a 2 … more
By Bradley Reiner
You’ve probably been reading more than you should about groups of doctors sending back money. Accusations of incorrect billings, fraudulent behavior, and false … more
AAFP recently submitted a letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services urging them to create a new set of evaluation and management codes for primary care physicians. The recommendation, sent to CMS Acting Principal Deputy Administrator Jonathan Blum, was accompanied by supporting documents based on the research of TAFP member David Katerndahl, M.D., M.A.
The Academy suggested that CMS create the codes and include them in the 2014 Medicare physician fee schedule. AAFP Board Chair Glen Stream, M.D., said in the letter that a new payment model is necessary for the country to reach better health care for people and populations, as well as lower health care costs. “That system should recognize the complexity of ambulatory care provided by primary care physicians and reward the quality of services provided in their practices,” said Stream.
New E/M codes that differentiate primary care physicians from specialists or subspecialists would show the true value of both types of care, rather than devalue them as the current coding system does. Katerndahl’s research shows that the complexity of a primary care physician’s patient visit including E/M is much different than those with other specialists.more
2 percent Medicare cut went into effect April 1: Novitas answers your questions
Because Congress failed to reach a budget deal to block the Budget Control Act’s sequestration cuts, … more