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Care Management Weekly News Update - 9/9/20

Posted by DeAnn Dennis on Wed, Sep 09, 2020 @ 01:28 PM

CMS Finalizes $3.5 Billion Boost in Acute Hospital Spending in New Rule

The Trump administration finalized a rule that increases payment rates for general acute care hospitals by up to 2.9% and boosts add-on payments for new technologies in the next federal fiscal year

AMA Releases Latest CPT Updates to Align With Medicare E/M Changes, Digital Innovation

The American Medical Association (AMA) released updates to its medical codes for 2021 designed to align with a Medicare rule set to take effect in January. Last year, the AMA worked with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to modify evaluation and management (E/M) office/outpatient visit code changes, which marked the first overhaul of E/M office visit documentation and coding in more than 25 years.

Why EHR Interoperability Is Critical for Telehealth

Not all EHR telehealth functionalities are created equally, and this is most clearly demonstrated by their respective levels of interoperability. It’s one thing to say an EHR has telehealth capabilities, but it’s important to evaluate whether the EHR is flexible enough to offer a user-friendly experience. 

Healthcare Jobs Grew by 75K in August As Industry Recovers From Job Losses Due to COVID-19

The Bureau of Labor Statistics’ jobs report released Friday showed that hospitals continue to add more jobs after several major subsystems furloughed and laid off workers at the onset of the pandemic in March.


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