Tag: office visits

Medicare Proposes Direct Payments to PAs, Telehealth Expansion

Medicare intends next year to allow physician assistants (PAs) to begin directly billing for their work and to expand coverage of telehealth services. It also...

Guidance Provided for Telepsychiatry in Tardive Dyskinesia

Tardive dyskinesia (TD) can be reasonably managed through telemedicine, but it should be employed as part of a hybrid strategy that ideally includes an office...

Americans Want Telehealth to Stay, National Poll Shows

A significant proportion of patients want telehealth services to remain a permanent part of healthcare, newly released results from a national poll show. Sponsored by...

Family Physicians’ Compensation Levels Stable in Pandemic

Family physicians again ranked near the bottom in average earnings, but pay increased slightly this year, to $236,000, up from $234,000 last year, even as...

Female Rheumatologists See Fewer Patients, Earn Less Than Males

A new study on the changing rheumatology workforce found that, although there has been a notable rise in female rheumatologists, they see fewer patients and...

Ambulatory BP Monitoring Reliability Questioned for HTN Diagnosis

Although guidelines generally recommend ambulatory over home blood pressure (BP) monitoring for diagnosing hypertension, new research questions home BP monitoring’s role as second fiddle. One...

Medicare Finalizes 2021 Physician Pay Rule With E/M Changes

Medicare officials stuck with their plan to increase payments for office visits for primary care and several other specialties that focus on helping patients manage...

Chronic, Preventive Care Fell as Telemedicine Soared During COVID

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s  Coronavirus Resource Center. As the COVID-19 pandemic drove down the number of primary care...

Congress Considers Permanent Telehealth Waivers for Medicare

A bill introduced on Thursday in the US House of Representatives would make permanent some temporary changes that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services...

More US Psychiatrists Restricting Practices to Self-Pay Patients

A growing number of psychiatrists in the US no longer accept insurance and will only see patients who can pay upfront, out-of-pocket for office visits,...

Urologists Adapt to Telemedicine Amid Pandemic

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. After the temporary measure to increase the use of telehealth was...

Code and Bill Correctly During COVID-19

What your doctor is reading on Medscape.com: MAY 18, 2020 — The Coding Expert Answers Your Questions Betsy Nicoletti, MS, a nationally...

Office Visits Decimated, No ‘Vaccine Nationalism’

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s  Coronavirus Resource Center. Here are the coronavirus stories Medscape’s editors around the globe think...

COVID-19 Decimates Outpatient Visits

There has been a massive decline in outpatient office visits as patients have stayed home — likely deferring needed care — because of COVID-19, new...

Cancer Care ‘Transformed in Space of a Month’ Due to Pandemic

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. There will be some change for the better when oncology care...

COMMENTARY: Don’t Endanger Your Patients: Stop Allergy Immunotherapy Now

What your doctor is reading on Medscape.com: APRIL 06, 2020 — Here in New York City, the US center of the COVID-19 pandemic,...