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September 24, 2018

In This Issue
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Attorney General Releases Overdose Death Numbers for First Half of 2018
Dr. Dora Mills Joins MaineHealth Community Health Efforts
MMA Seeks Contract Academic Detailer/Prescriber Educator
US Senate Passes Bill Prohibiting Gag Clauses for PBMs
2019 CPT Code Set Released
MEJP, Speaker Gideon Urge CMS to Approve MaineCare Expansion
Richard A. Evans, M.D. Honored as Outgoing Chair of New England Delegation to AMA
MMA Listening Session in Newcastle on Tuesday, Oct. 9, 6:00-8:00pm
Do you hold a DEA X-waiver to prescribe buprenorphine?
Identifying Substance Use Early Saves Lives! - SBIRT with Motivational Interviewing Training
MaineHealth Announces 2018-19 Tobacco Treatment Training Program
12/31/18 Deadline for All MDs Who Do NOT Prescribe Opioids
128th MAINE LEGISLATURE
MMA Presentation on Healthcare Issues Considered by 128th Legislature Now Available
UPCOMING EVENTS
Upcoming Specialty Society Meetings
Health Care for Maine Conference October 1
Invitation to join Older Adult ECHO Program beginning October 4th - Applications close 9/28.
Maine Concussion Management Initiative final training program for 2018 on October 16
MICIS 3-hour Opioid CME Presentations - Augusta 10/16, Wells 10/17, Portland 11/26
Harvard Professor and Author Philip Landrigan, MD speaks at UNE evening of Friday, Oct 19
Northern New England Society of Addiction Medicine 2018 Annual Conference & Meeting - Nov 2-3
Introduction to Lean in Healthcare Full-Day Workshop on Friday, November 9
Division of Disease Surveillance Annual Infectious Disease Conference - November 14
HEALTHCARE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner - Nasson Health Care
Nurse Practitioner - Nasson Health Care
BC/BE Family Physician
Internal Medicine MD or DO (BE/BC)
Internal Medicine Physician
Franklin Health Behavioral Services is seeking a BC/BE Psychiatrist/Medical Director
Family Nurse Practitioner - Ellsworth
Clinical Cardiology Opportunity
Internal Medicine Outpatient Physician
Medical Director/Family Practice Physician - Relocate to Beautiful Southwestern Maine
Outpatient Internal Medicine Physician Bangor, Maine
Maine's Largest FQHC in need of Physician for Geriatric Program
Multiple Family Med Opportunities in Beloved Community Health Centers
Opportunities at the VA for Volunteer Physicians

 
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2019 CPT Code Set Released

2019 CPT code set released

The American Medical Association has released its 2019 Current Procedural Terminology (CPT®) code set, which includes 335 changes reflecting the CPT Editorial Panel and the health care community's combined annual effort to capture and describe the latest scientific and technological advances in medical, surgical and diagnostic services.

The changes include three new remote patient monitoring codes and two new inter-professional internet consultation codes, reflecting how health care professionals can more effectively and efficiently use technology to connect with patients at home and gather data for care management and coordination. The AMA's Digital Medicine Payment Advisory Group provided recommendations on these and other new codes to better integrate digital medicine modalities into clinical practice.

Additional new codes for 2019 include revised codes for skin biopsy, fine needle aspiration, leadless pacemaker procedures, breast MRI with computer aided detection and psychological and neuropsychological testing.

New CPT category I codes are effective for reporting as of Jan. 1, 2019. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is proposing to cover the new CPT codes and adopting, for the most part, recommendations from the RVS Update Committee for cost year 2019 on the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule.  

To assist the health care system in an orderly annual transition to a new CPT code set, the AMA releases each new edition four months ahead of the Jan. 1 operational date and develops an insider's view with detailed information on the new code changes.

 

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