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Advances in technology have improved healthcare providers' ability to rapidly diagnose patients at the point of care, screen for common conditions, and provide a variety of effective treatment options. Providers need to be aware of what innovations are available - or will become available in the near future. It is the purpose of Medgizmos to educate and inform healthcare providers regarding the latest and greatest technologies.

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Latest Reviews

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Connected Technology

Clarius mobile Ultrasound system facilitates POC diagnoses!

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Medical Devices

Masimo Rad-Pulse Oximeter and Pediatric sensor!

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Software/Applications

EM University educates providers about the new guidelines!

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Interview

Welch Allyn New 2021 Diagnostic Tools

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Webinar

Coding 2021 New
Guidelines

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View our Summer 2021 Newsletter

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New! Visit MDMtool.org

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Medgizmos

Is the “virtual medical home” of Andrew J. Schuman MD, who has been writing about medical technology and medical practice for over 30 years!

Update

July 28, 2021:  MDMtool.org online!   Masimo Rad-G Pulse Oximeter review now online.  Summer 2021 newsletter available for viewing .

EMUniversity.com

Effective January 1 this year, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), implemented a new evaluation and management (E/M) coding system for outpatient visits. It was the first change in 25 years, developed to ease the documentation burden on medical providers. Prior to 2021, billing for an outpatient visit required a very complicated mixture of documenting appropriate elements of the patient’s history and physical along with the medical decision-making (MDM) associated with the visit or the time spent counseling the patient or coordinating care. The updated CMS guidelines are based only on 1) a clearer method of assigning MDM or 2) a new methodology for assigning a time component to the visit on the date of service. As they did previously, CMS recognizes 4 levels of MDM (straightforward, low complexity, moderate complexity, and high complexity). MDM quantifies the complexity of establishing a diagnosis and/or selecting management options by measuring: 1)  The number and complexity of problems addressed at the encounter, 2) The amount and/or complexity of data to be reviewed and analyzed, and 3)  The risk of complications and/or morbidity with patient treatment. Alternatively once can also bill by the time spent Indicating the time associated with an encounter is an alternative method of determining the level of the visit. For many physicians, using time to determine a level of service is much less confusing compared to assigning a level of service using MDM. In contrast to the pre-2021 method of assigning time associated with the face-to-face time spent counseling the patient or coordinating care, time now consists the time preparing to see the patient, obtaining a history, performing an examination, ordering medication or tests, coordinating care, communicating results to the patient .

I’ve always depended on EMUniverstity.com learn about the nuances of medical coding. Peter Jensen is a physician and certified coder and does an excellent job of explaining the new system in a clear and concise way.  The online course is about $300 and you earn CME credits for participation. Highly recommended!

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