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Hospital Zero-Base Pricing® A Novel Approach to Establishing Rational Chargemaster Prices

Can You Document and Defend Your Chargemaster Prices Under the 2020 CMS Final Rule?   

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Are You Reconciling Your Laboratory Orderables to Your Chargemaster? A How-To in 4 Steps

Over the last several months we’ve seen an uptick in requests from clients nationwide for help reconciling laboratory orderables to chargemasters. In case you’re in this same boat, we wanted to provide some insight into the steps you should be taking.

Relaxing Rules for Telehealth

I’m sure everyone has heard the saying“the only constant is change.” Well, it certainly rings true these days. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a second interim final rule on April 30, offering another round of coding and documentation updates related to telehealth during the public health emergency.

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Pricing Strategies. What’s Your Defense?

In today’s era of intense public scrutiny on medical costs, what’s your pricing strategy? Does it pass the test of fairness and accuracy, without sacrificing revenue objectives? Panacea’s CEO, Frederick Stodolak, provides his recommendations on where to start.

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What Radiology Practices Need to Know About Medicare’s Prior-Authorization Requirements

Beginning July 1, Medicare will require prior authorization for five procedure classes: blepharoplasty, botulinum toxin injections, panniculectomy, rhinoplasty, and vein ablation. As a reminder, prior authorization was announced through the Calendar Year 2020 Outpatient Prospective Payment System/Ambulatory Surgical Center Final Rule (CMS-1717-FC).

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Coding and Billing Resources for Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Coding and Billing Resources for Coronavirus COVID-19 Important information that provides current coding and billing updates from all of the regulatory agencies for our clients and the provider community during this public health emergency (PHE). We will continue to update this page as new guidance is received and reviewed by our senior healthcare consultants.

CMS and AMA payment and coding updates, effective July, 1 2020

Panacea has summarized the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and American Medical Association (AMA) payment and coding updates, effective July 2020 (with some retroactive changes). Please review the updates for possible implementation in your hospital chargemaster and/or review by applicable department, coding and billing staff.

E&M Changes: How Will They Affect Your Practice?

As many of you have heard, there are major changes coming to evaluation and management (E&M) codes in 2021. The changes were finalized in the 2020 Physician Final Rule.

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What’s on your 2020 OIG Compliance Hitlist?

Compliance plans are critical to making sure your organization is mitigating risk. The Office of Inspector General (OIG) recommends that you audit a minimum of 10 professional encounters per year per physician—but if you’re not going above and beyond that by performing focused audits, you’re putting your practice at risk by ignoring everything else.  Not […]

Modifications to Hospital Outpatient Services During COVID PHE

Telehealth Expansion for Hospitals CMS is increasing access to telehealth for Medicare patients. What this means for hospitals is they will be permitted to code and bill during the PHE for services to which allowed physicians and practitioners employed by the hospital perform a face-to-face visit via telehealth service for a registered outpatient of the […]