Documentation for E/M Services and Other Coding Changes: What ID Physicians Need to Know Right Now
The Infectious Diseases Society of America partnered with Hart Health Strategies, Inc. to present a webinar on the documentation and coding changes which were finalized in the 2019 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule. The webinar included information on the current documentation guidelines for office/outpatient evaluation and management (E/M) services. Also covered were possible changes to the office/outpatient E/M service code descriptors and associated revisions to documentation. Additionally, the webinar reviewed when and how the new virtual care codes may be used. Click here to view the webinar.
Medicare Coding Resources
Medicare Utilization Data for Infectious Diseases Physicians
Please visit the Medicare Research, Statistics, Data & Systems Page for free and purchasable information, including utilization rates, cost reports, error rates, and beneficiary and provider surveys.
Descriptor of AMA CPT/RUC Process
The American Medical Association (AMA) is responsible for the development and maintenance of the CPT® code set. CPT codes are used on insurance claims to report the services and procedures performed by physicians and other healthcare providers. The use of CPT codes provides a uniform means by which all stakeholders in healthcare are able to communicate to about the services provided to patients. The AMA is also responsible for the valuation of CPT codes. The AMA Relative Value Update Committee (RUC) develops relative values units for CPT codes. The relative values are used to determine a payment amount for healthcare services and procedures. The AMA RUC also provides those RVUs to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) which CMS may then use to set payment amounts for CPT codes when paid under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule. More information about the AMA RUC Committee is available here.