Patients Over Paperwork?! We have Great News!

July 18th, 2018 - Chris Woolstenhulme, QCC, CMCS, CPC, CMRS
Categories:   Practice Management   Electronic Medical Records (EMR/EHR)   Medicare  
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Spend more time with patients and less time documenting? Great Concept!

Document meaningful information? Sound good?

CMS is proposing just that! CMS released a new proposal July 12, 2018, focused on streamlining clinician billing and expanding access to high-quality care. The goal is to improve and restore the doctor-patient relationship, modernize Medicare payment policies and promote access to virtual care.  

CMS stated in the news release; “The proposed rules would fundamentally improve the nation’s healthcare system and help restore the doctor-patient relationship by empowering clinicians to use their electronic health records (EHRs) to document clinically meaningful information, instead of information that is only for billing purposes.” 

CMS estimates this new plan will save clinicians an estimated 51 hours per year if 40% of their patients are in Medicare, this is a significant game changer, public feedback has been heard and changes are being made.

Additional changes in the proposal addressed 

Public comments on the proposed rules are due by September 10, 2018.

For a fact sheet on the CY 2019 Physician Fee Schedule proposed rule, please visit: 

Proposed Policy, Payment, and Quality Provisions Changes to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule for Calendar Year 2019

 

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