CMS has released proposed policy changes for 2021 Medicare payments rates under its annual Physician Fee Schedule. It includes an expanded Medicare list of services. Services added include more complex visits that allow offices to bill for more advanced office/outpatient evaluation and management codes, prolonged services, group psychotherapy, neurobehavioral status exam, care planning for patients with cognitive impairment, and home visits.

The proposed Physician Fee Schedule rule also clarifies payment policies for remote patient monitoring services (RPM). The rule clarifies that RPM services are considered to be evaluation and management (E/M) services and that only eligible physicians and nurse practitioners may bill RPM services.


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