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CMS Adopts Recommendations on Medicare Evaluation and Management Policies

Friday, November 9, 2018  
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After receiving comments from SIS and other specialty societies, the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has incorporated the following changes to its 2019 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule relative to the streamlining of Evaluation & Management Guidelines:

  • Changed the required documentation of the patient’s history to focus only on the interval history since the previous visit.
  • Eliminated the requirement for physicians to re-document information that has already been documented in the patient’s record by practice staff or by the patient; and
  • Removed the need to justify providing a home visit instead of an office visit.
  • Declined to move forward on a proposal to reduce payment for office visits when performed on the same day as another service.


SIS will continue to monitor CMS rule-making activities to comment on behalf of interventional spine care physicians.

Click here for more information from the American Medical Association.


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