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Peer to Peer: What you should know about the 2018 Proposed Physician Fee Schedule
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Peer to Peer: What you should know about the  2018 Proposed Physician Fee Schedule

When: Thursday, July 27, 2017
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm ET
Where: United States

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Attend this webinar to learn what you need to know about the proposed 2018 Physician Fee Schedule. AAOE member Margie Vaught, CPC, COC, CPC-I, CCS-P, will walk you through the important aspects of the proposed fee schedule that could impact your practice, including:

  • CMS is looking at over-hauling EM coding guidelines as it relates to history and examinations – they received input of the current system being burdensome for physicians -  “As long as a history and physical exam are documented and generally consistent with complexity of MDM, there may no longer be a need for us to maintain such detailed specifications for what must be performed and documented for the history and physical exam,” states the agency.
  • Approximately 74 new service codes that could affect Ortho offices – 7 EM codes; 7 radiology codes and 6 medicine codes.
  • Many misvalued codes are addressed such as ED codes, CPT code 27279, and many others.
  • Many of Medicare’s G codes will now be cross walked over to current CPT codes.
  • Updates to the Advanced Diagnostic Imaging issues.
  • Some provider-based outpatient departments could see facility rates cut in half. CMS is proposing to set payments for certain services performed by non-exempt off-campus provider-based departments at 25% of the hospital outpatient prospective payment rate next year, down from 50% this year.
  •  Proposed conversion factor may be up slightly from 2017.


Meet the Speaker:

  With more than 30 years of experience in the healthcare arena, in positions from nurse’s aide to ward clerk and medical transcriptionist to office manager, Margie Vaught understands how offices are structured.  Twenty of those years were spent in the field of orthopaedics. She earned the Certified Professional Coder (CPC) designation in 1995 from the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC), where she served as a national board member for more than three years. Vaught worked with AAPC as a technical support person in the education department for more than three years and in 2003 earned the credential of ACS-OR Advanced Coding Specialist – Orthopedic.  


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