You can soon code E/M office visits based on your total time spent on the day of the visit. To reduce the burden of time-based coding, get to know the updated time table and follow these time-tracking tips.
AMA BREAKING NEWS: CPT Codes for COVID-19 Vaccines Just Released
Working closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the CPT Editorial Panel has just approved a unique CPT code for each of two coronavirus vaccines as well as administration codes unique to each such vaccine. The new CPT codes clinically distinguish each coronavirus vaccine for better tracking, reporting and analysis that supports data-driven planning and allocation. Importantly, these CPT codes are available prior to the public availability of the vaccines to facilitate updating of health care electronic systems across the U.S. For more information, CLICK HERE.
Changes Coming in 2021
In response to advocacy from the AAFP and other medical specialty socities, CMS has revised the E/M documentation and coding guidelines, with changes beginning January 1, 2021. These fundamental changes () are intended to reduce administrative burden and increase the amount of time physicians spend caring for patients. CMS will also increase the relative values for office visit E/M codes.
Though the changes don't go into effect until 2021, practices should begin preparing now. CLICK HERE for highlights of key changes being implemented.
Physicians will soon be able to code E/M visits based solely on medical decision making, which is made up of three elements. CLICK HERE for details.
The FAFP now assists members in resolving insurance related issues through our new Hassle Factor Form
The following Hassle Factor Form may be completed in order to report insurance administrative and claims processing concerns experienced in your practice. This information is confidential and assists the Florida Academy of Family Physicians (FAFP) in identifying common areas of concern and in facilitating a dialogue with payers. Please provide as much detailed information as possible, such as de-identified documents that support the grievance (e.g. no patient specific information).
By collecting data on issues Family Physicians have with third party payers, the FAFP will be better able to identify common areas of concern and facilitate dialogue with payers. Please complete one form per carrier issue.
>> Proceed to the FAFP Hassle Factor Form
Should you require additional assistance on a particular coding or health plan coverage issue, please contact Jennifer Young, Director of Membership and Practice Enhancement Services at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sustainable Practices: My Green Doctor
My Green Doctor is the free environmental sustainability program offered for members of the Florida Academy of Family Physicians. Offices and clinics learn to make gradual improvements in their uses of energy, water, chemicals, paper, and other resources. The program is easy to use, adding only five minutes of Green Team business to each regular staff meeting. Most offices save money in their first month using My Green Doctor. It works for healthcare clinics, offices, and outpatient centers. One five-office practice is saving $1500 per doctor every year and reducing its greenhouse gases, with no financial investment.
Begin by asking your office manager to register at www.MyGreenDoctor.org. Everyone in the office can register. Next, the office commits to the goal of environmental sustainability and to adding Green Team business to each office meeting agenda. Each meeting is fully scripted in the “Meeting-by-Meeting Guide” so that there is nothing for the office manager, director, or physician to study or prepare. Offices can qualify for the Green Doctor Office Certificate from the Academy within a few months.
My Green Doctor provides free brochures, posters, and other teaching tools to help helps share wise choices with patients and families. This can mean less energy and water used, cleaner air, fewer greenhouse gases, and better health outcomes. Register today at My Green Doctor to start saving money and improving health!
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Physician/Attorney Collaboration on Behalf of Older Individuals
Click below to view a new, free online educational module relating to interprofessional collaboration between physicians and attorneys on behalf of their older patients/clients. The case vignettes and written materials in this module have been produced by the Florida State University Center for Innovative Collaboration in Medicine and Law under a grant from the Retirement Research Foundation. This module is suitable both for individual self-study by physicians and attorneys and by professional organizations as the foundation for live continuing education programs. The module, including written materials, may be accessed by clicking here.
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