Archive for December 2020

Changes in E&M Codes for 2021

Evaluation and Management Codes, used for physician billing, are crucial in capturing the precise level of care needed for accurate and full care reimbursement. In 2021, a number of changes in the rules for these codes will change how physicians bill for clinic visits. This episode will succinctly and comprehensively cover those crucial changes.

 

Guest speakers:

Aman Sabharwal, MD, MHA, CPHM

Senior Principal, Operational Effectiveness

Vizient

 

Sheila Bowlds, MBA, RHIA

Consulting Director

Vizient

 

Moderator:

Tomas Villanueva, DO, MBA, FACPE, SFHM

Associate Vice President

Clinical Resources

Vizient

 

Show Notes:

[01:06] Function and importance of E&M Codes

[02:13] Outdated coding and documentation rules to be replaced

[03:16] Why now?

[04:02] Clinic/ambulatory E&M codes affected

[05:10] Only what is “clinically relevant”

[05:58] Components needed for the clinic codes

[06:33] Revisions

[08:33] Total Time for Office Visits

[09:44] Things included and not included

[12:15] Deleted code

[12:48] Main points to keep in mind

 

Links | Resources:

CMS Evaluation and Management Services Guide Click here

AMA E&M Codes web page Click here

AAFP E&M Codes web page Click here

 

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Update on COVID-19 vaccines – Part 2

On this episode, experts from Vizient’s COVID-19 Vaccine Task Force continue their discussion on the latest details about vaccine distribution, storage, dosing and availability.

 

Guest speakers:

Azra Behlim, PharmD, MBA

Senior Director

Pharmacy Sourcing and Program Services

Vizient

 

Stacy Lauderdale, PharmD

Senior Director

Drug Information

Vizient

 

Moderator:

Tomas Villanueva, DO, MBA, FACPE, SFHM

Associate Vice President

Clinical Resources

Vizient

 

Show Notes

[00:30] Refrigeration and storage

[02:44] Dosing interval and immunity

[03:21] Distribution funding and government allocation

[05:59] Retail availability

[06:31] Addressing Social Determinants of Health

[06:57] Operationalizing the process; need for enrolling as administrator

[09:08] Vaccine administration supplies

 

Links | Resources:

Vizient COVID vaccine resource center Click here

CDC website on COVID vaccines Click here

 

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Update on COVID-19 vaccines – Part 1

News about the emerging COVID-19 vaccines has electrified the world and fueled intense speculation. Finding the truth amid all the press releases and reports is challenging. Yet, clinicians, health care organizations and patients need to distinguish fact from fiction. On this episode, experts from Vizient’s COVID-19 Task Force will give you just that, providing the latest details and developments crucial to your decision-making.

 

Guest speakers:

Azra Behlim, PharmD, MBA

Senior Director

Pharmacy Sourcing and Program Services

Vizient

 

Stacy Lauderdale, PharmD

Senior Director

Drug Information

Vizient

 

Moderator:

Tomas Villanueva, DO, MBA, FACPE, SFHM

Associate Vice President

Clinical Resources

Vizient

 

Show Notes:

[01:22] Vizient COVID-19 Vaccine Task Force

[01:53] Task force workstreams

[03:17] Vaccine platforms

[04:48] The data (apart from press releases)

[06:54] The dosing error and its ramifications

[07:46] Use with asymptomatic patients

[08:16] ADEs?

[09:47] Vaccines on deck

[11:29] Distribution plans and challenges

[13:41] Availability for children

[14:21] Engagement matters

 

Links | Resources:

Vizient COVID vaccine resource center Click here

CDC website on COVID vaccines Click here

 

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Patients and families are an untapped resource. As organizations make plans to ramp up elective surgeries and other clinical procedures, and as physicians and clinicians prepare to return to business as usual, they often fail to ask patients how they feel about it. In this episode, we examine the opinions of patients and families, captured in a recent Vizient study, on their preferences around accessing health care during COVID-19.

 

Guest speakers:

Kellie Goodson, MS, CPXP

Director, Programs

Vizient

 

Mark Larson, MBA

Principal

Sg2

 

Moderator:

Tomas Villanueva, DO, MBA, FACPE, SFHM

Associate Vice President

Clinical Resources

Vizient

 

Show Notes

[00:26] Patient attitudes about virtual health

[02:18] Primacy of established patient-physician relationship

[04:49] Virtual health strategies and benefits

[06:39] How organizations and practices can alleviate patient and family concerns

[08:44] Need for physician leadership

[09:47] Organizations successful in engaging patients during COVID

[11:30] Health care is personal

 

Links | Resources:

Connecting with Patients During COVID-19: Perspectives on Safety (Sept. 2020 Vizient report) Click here

Key talking points from PFA webinar – May 1, 2020 Click here

Working with Patient and Families as Advisors (AHRQ Handbook) Click here

The role of Patient and Family Councils (PFACs) in resuming elective procedures (Modern Practice Podcast – May 13, 2020) Click here

 

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As health care organizations consider ramping up elective procedures and other clinical practices scaled back or stopped due to COVID, one voice usually absent from these considerations is that of the patient. Yet, patients and families ultimately determine if these procedures will even happen. On this episode, we discuss how to engage patients and families when you resume your procedures, learning the factors they deem crucial in their decisions to have elective surgery or even come in for routine visits.

 

Guest speakers:

Kellie Goodson, MS, CPXP

Director, Programs

Vizient

 

Mark Larson, MBA

Principal

Sg2

 

Moderator:

Tomas Villanueva, DO, MBA, FACPE, SFHM

Associate Vice President

Clinical Resources

Vizient

 

Show Notes:

[01:57] Need for the patient voice

[03:35] Conversations with patients on what they need to hear and see

[04:15] Patients accessing procedures in waves

[05:03] Survey results and patient perceptions

[08:04] Utilizing services: patient considerations

[09:56] Pulling the trigger

[11:03] Using patients and families as a resource

[13:40] Communication matters

[14:21] Engagement matters

 

Links | Resources:

Connecting with Patients During COVID-19: Perspectives on Safety (Sept. 2020 Vizient report) Click here

Key talking points from PFA webinar – May 1, 2020 Click here

Working with Patient and Families as Advisors (AHRQ Handbook) Click here

The role of Patient and Family Councils (PFACs) in resuming elective procedures (Modern Practice Podcast – May 13, 2020) Click here

 

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