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Home > Audio Learning Center > Highlights of Medicare & Compliance Changes for 2019

Highlights of Medicare & Compliance Changes for 2019

Date:Wednesday, December 19, 2018
Time:12 noon to 1:30 p.m. Central Time
Course fee:$199
Presented by: Linda D'Spain, CMPE, CMC, CMIS, CMOM, CMCO

Webinar/Audio Conference FAQs

Attend this webinar session to learn the latest compliance updates and changes to payment policies, rates, and quality-related provisions for physician services furnished under the Medicare Part B Physician Fee Schedule in 2019. Gain the facts on the most current documentation requirements for E&M visits. CMS has proposed significant changes to E/M coding and documentation standards. Learn which, if any, are adopted in the final rule to determine what course of action your practice should take in response.

This program will provide you with important physician reporting and reimbursement information relevant to Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA), Merit-based Incentive Payment Systems (MIPS), and Alternative Payment Models (APMs). In 2019, eligible clinicians will be paid for Medicare Part B services under the Quality Payment Program (QPP) based on 2017 reporting activities. Changes to MIPs include general performance category weights and increases to cost performance weight and performance thresholds.

Other changes will leverage technology and advance virtual care to reduce costs and administrative burdens. Learn more good news about lower drug costs and EHR interoperability. Telehealth changes for 2019 indicate a new interpretation by CMS of statutory requirements regarding reimbursement for these services.


  • CMS allows Medicare Advantage plans the option of negotiating for Part B drugs
  • 4-year phase-in of new supply and equipment prices impact Practice Expense RVUs
  • Exemptions to QPP will be expanded with the ability for clinicians to opt-in
  • OIG Work plan - post-op services in the global period and billing for critical care E/M services

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

PMI CEU APPROVED Earn 1.5 PMI CEUs for attendance at this program. Practice Management Institute grants CEUs for its certified professionals based on total number of instructional hours (1 CEU per hour of classroom instruction). CEUs may be applied to annual recertification requirements, as directed in the certification renewal requirements for your credential(s).

If you are seeking CEU credits for other certifications or organizations, please contact your organization for pre-approval and credit guidelines. A certificate of attendance will be provided.

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About the Presenter

Linda is President of D’Spain Consulting and conducts training nationally with physician practices, hospitals and medical societies on healthcare reimbursement, documentation guidelines, procedural and diagnostic coding, financial management, human resources, medical office management and compliance with fraud and abuse, OSHA, and HIPAA. She has more than 30 years of experience in medical practice management where she has maintained broad responsibilities in business and clinical operations, financial management, governance and organizational dynamics, human resource management, marketing, customer service, compliance, information system management, mergers and acquisitions and risk management.

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