How the CMS proposed blending of E/M codes will affect Nephrologists

Based on the CMS proposed blending of E/M codes released on July 11, Nephrologists could experience a decrease in Medicare payments for dialysis services in 2019.

“While the cuts in payments for high level services is balanced somewhat by a reduction in the documentation burden for these services, the proposed changes will have a disproportionately negative impact on specialties treating patients with chronic illnesses such as nephrology,” Robert Blaser, director of public policy for the Renal Physicians Association, wrote in a recent edition of RPA Weekly News.

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