CMS leader updates Medicare PFS, E&M coding & QPP on ‘Top Docs’
The latest edition of the Medical Association of Georgia’s (MAG) ‘Top Docs’ show is a ‘What’s new from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) for 2020 and beyond’ update. It features Richard E. Wild, M.D., J.D., M.B.A., FACEP, who is the chief medical officer for CMS’ Atlanta and Boston regions – which include Georgia, Alabama, Florida, Tennessee, Kentucky, Mississippi, North and South Carolina, and the six New England states.
Dr. Wild discusses the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS), E&M Office Visit Coding, and the Medicare Quality Payment Program (QPP) – including the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and Alternative Payment Models (APMS). He addresses…
– PFS E&M coding changes, and how this affects primary care payments
– CMS’ proposal to change physician assistants’ scope of practice and how they’re supervised by physicians
– How chronic care management, transitional care, and principal care management codes and payment have changed
– A new Medicare Part B benefit for opioid use disorder treatment
– New telehealth codes for opioid use disorder treatment
– How ASC pre-surgical/pre-anesthesia patient assessment processes have changed
– How CMS has reduced the administrative burden associated with EMR
– How the Medicare Quality Payment Program (QPP) has changed
– The MIPS “Value Pathways” framework
– How many clinicians CMS expects to be eligible for the MIPS and APMS programs for 2020
Dr. Wild has 30 years of experience as a board-certified emergency physician. His diverse background includes caring for patients in small rural hospitals in Georgia to the U.S. Army Hospital at Ft. Benning to serving as the chair of emergency medicine and the director of the emergency department at a large university teaching hospital in New England. Dr. Wild has a medical degree from the University of Vermont College of Medicine, he received his residency training at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., and he is a fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians.
This is Dr. Wild’s fourth appearance on the ‘Top Docs’ show.
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