Seemingly every industry is being shaken up by a wide variety of emerging technologies, and physical therapy is no different. The field is seeing a number of important developments that change how practitioners approach both diagnosing and treating patients.
On July 29, 2019, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) released its proposed rule for the 2020 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (the “2020 MPFS”).
Remote patient monitoring providers have known the benefits of RPM, including better outcomes for patients and lower overall cost of care, for awhile now. But with innovations in technology and CMS’ move to allow separate reimbursement for RPM bring incredible opportunities for health care technology companies and providers alike. Read more on Digital Health Today.
On March 14, 2019, CMS issued “Technical Corrections” to address errors in the 2019 Final Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (“MPFS”) published on November 23, 2018. One of these corrections addresses “incident to” billing by clinical staff, and has important implications for Remote Patient Monitoring under CPT Code 99457.
Beginning January 1, 2019, physicians and other Qualified Healthcare Providers (“QHCPs”) eligible to independently bill for E/M services can obtain standalone reimbursement for Interprofessional Internet Consultations using CPT Codes 99446-99449, 99451, and 99452.
The final 2019 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (the “Rule”), released on November 1st, creates three new codes in the category of Chronic Care Remote Physiologic Monitoring (“CCRPM”) for (1) initial set-up and patient education, (2) initial device supply, and (3) monitoring data and interacting with patients or caregivers.
The final 2019 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule, released by CMS on November 1, 2018, includes a new code that physicians may use to bill for remote evaluation of images to determine whether or not an in-person office visit is necessary. Learn more about HCPCS Code G2010 and how it can be used in medical practices.
In its Final Rule for the 2019 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule released on Friday, CMS introduced a new code, HCPCS G2012, allowing physicians and other qualified healthcare professionals (“QHCPs”) to be reimbursed for “virtual check-ins” with patients who aren’t sure whether or not their symptoms warrant an in-office visit. Learn more about virtual check-ins and how they can be used by practices.
With the July 12, 2018 release of its proposed Medicare Physician Fee Schedule for 2019, CMS further opened the door for use and reimbursement of Remote Patient Monitoring (or Remote Physiologic Monitoring, "RPM") services. In doing so, CMS recognizes the role that new communications technologies play in increasing patient engagement and reducing unnecessary costs.
The 2018 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule (“2018 MPFS” or “Final Rule”) went into effect on January 1. Marked by new additions to the Telehealth codes and the un-bundling of Remote Patient Monitoring code CPT 99091, the 2018 MPFS provides plenty of opportunities for providers to grow their practice through digital medicine. This article outlines key changes to the new Rule.
Join NLG Partner Rebecca E. Gwilt and telemedicine vendors, practitioners, and academicians from Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, Washington, D.C., Pennsylvania, New Jersey, West Virginia, North Carolina, and Kentucky at the Mid-Atlantic Telehealth Resource Center's (MATRC) 2018 Summit in Hershey, PA this April. Rebecca will be speaking alongside Brian Scarpelli with the Connected Health Initiative during the session: “Deconstructing Reimbursement for Chronic Disease Management”. (Monday April 16 from 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM)
Two Final Rules issued by CMS in November 2017 opened up entirely new avenues for reimbursement of Remote Patient Monitoring services in 2018, creating the potential for better patient outcomes and a boost to a medical practice's bottom line.