Author: Mario Fucinari DC, CCSP, APMP, MCS-P, CPCO

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2021 E/M Guidelines Take Effect

Since the initial evaluation and management (E/M) guidelines were released in 1995, and again in 1997, there has been controversy. The American Medical Association and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have joined together to arrive at a consensus that will reshape evaluation and management (E/M) guidelines. The changes in evaluation and management guidelines for 2021 only apply to office or outpatient codes 99202 – 99215.

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Medicare Announces Part B Deductible for 2021

Recent legislation signed by President Trump significantly dampened the 2021 Medicare Part B premium increase that would have occurred, given the estimated growth in Medicare spending next year. The standard monthly premium for Medicare Part B enrollees will be $148.50 in 2021, an increase of $3.90 from $144.60 in 2020. CMS also announced that the annual deductible for Medicare Part B beneficiaries is increasing.

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