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April 9, 2014, Issue of TMA Practice E-Tips
Apply For Meaningful Use Exemption by July 1
Physicians who are not participating in the Medicare electronic health record incentive program, also known as meaningful use, will be penalized by Medicare beginning Jan. 1, 2015. To prevent the penalty, physicians must either attest to meaningful use by Oct. 1, 2014, or apply for a hardship exemption by July 1, 2014.
Eye E&M Codes Subject to New Medicare Coding Edit
Medicare Correct Coding Initiative edits update quarterly, so it pays to monitor them. For example, a new edit may affect ophthalmological evaluation and management codes.
Document Time for Psychotherapy Services
Year-old changes in psychiatry and psychotherapy CPT codes are still tripping up physicians. According to Medicare, distinguishing between evaluation and management services and psychotherapy is the key.
Code Carefully for Bilateral Procedures
Coding for bilateral procedures can be confusing. Many payers accept CPT modifier 50 as an indicator of a bilateral procedure, but they differ in how they apply it to their coding and payment policies.
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