Regulatory compliance helps you protect your business's resources and reputation. Building trust with prospects, customers, and vendors takes time. A large part of that depends on your ethical conduct. Compliance is the foundation upon which your company's reputation can be built. For those who work in the midwifery industry, the sheer number of regulations that regulate maternity care can be overwhelming. Nearly every aspect of this is monitored by one or more regulatory bodies. Some midwives feel they spend more time following rules than actually performing the work.
Billing is a complicated part of your midwifery practice because its system is designed to allow for payment by insurance companies or government programs like Medicare and Medicaid. These payers require that bills be submitted using specific diagnosis, treatment, and supply codes. Otherwise, the bills will not get paid. That is why you need to be aware of any changes in billing regulations, regardless of whether you bill for your own practice or hire someone. New billing regulations have been published since the end of the year. These are the new billing regulations that every customer and biller must know about for 2023.
The existing 2021 guidelines implemented by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the American Medical Association (AMA) allow healthcare providers to document E/M visits based on medical decision-making (MDM) or total time. This was a major departure from the previous guidelines that required them to address three elements in the patient’s progress notes: patient history, physical exam and medical decision making for code selection). The new E/M guidelines for 2023 build on the flexibilities of the 2021 office/outpatient E/M coding and documentation rules.
2023 E/M Code Updates Reduce Documentation Burden
The goal of the updated guidelines for coding and documenting E/M services is to make coding and documenting E/M services easier for medical practices and other facilities.
The final CY 2023 PFS conversion factor is $33.06, a 4.48 percent decrease from CY 2022 and slightly higher than proposed. This decline is due to a statutorily required budget neutrality adjustment, an expiring temporary adjustment to mitigate the impact of previous coding changes and a zero percent update factor.
CMS finalized several significant payment policy changes, including revaluing remaining evaluation and management codes, continuing its four-year phase-in of clinical labor pricing updates, and delaying changes to redefine the substantive portion of a split/shared visit by time only until 2024.
CMS issues 2023 Medicare physician fee schedule final rule: Insights. Holland & Knight. (n.d.). Retrieved November 28, 2022, from https://www.hklaw.com/en/insights/publications/2022/11/cms-issues-2023-medicare-physician-fee-schedule-final-rule
What are the latest medical billing and coding changes in 2022? Outsource Strategies International. (2022, November 7). Retrieved November 28, 2022, from https://www.outsourcestrategies.com/blog/what-are-latest-medical-billing-and-coding-changes-in-2022/