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Upcoming Medicare Changes for 2015

William Ivan Posted Thu 18th of September, 2014 14:52:01 PM

Is there a resource that you can point us to that lays out the upcoming changes to Medicare when it comes to billing. For example, I understand that the 2015 fee schedule will now allow a chronic care billing code,etc..

SuperCoder Answered Thu 18th of September, 2014 16:34:03 PM

Thanks for your question. Check CMS.gov and check the CMS fact sheets. This has lot of the changes for the upcoming year. See below for the link. Hope this helps.

http://www.cms.gov/Newsroom/MediaReleaseDatabase/Fact-sheets/2014-Fact-sheets-items/2014-07-03-1.html

William Ivan Posted Thu 18th of September, 2014 20:12:53 PM

Thank you...As a follow up question, regarding telehealth services - Am I correct to understand these services are reimbursable if only provided in a designated rural area

SuperCoder Answered Thu 18th of September, 2014 21:02:37 PM

You are correct. CMS has certain sites that are designated as rural health professional shortage areas in which telemedicine services can be provided. See the attached link for additional information.

http://www.cms.gov/Outreach-and-Education/Medicare-Learning-Network-MLN/MLNProducts/downloads/telehealthsrvcsfctsht.pdf

William Ivan Posted Thu 18th of September, 2014 21:55:52 PM

Lastly, in anticipation that the final proposed rule for Chronic Care Management is passed, can you recommend any resources that could help assist on how to develop protocols for furnishing CCM

SuperCoder Answered Fri 19th of September, 2014 10:21:32 AM

I'm sorry but I am not certain that there is such a resource for developing protocols for chronic care management. I would suggest that you subscribe to the Annals of Family Medicine or The Journal of the American Medical Association. They sometimes offer good articles and resources for chronic care.

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