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Medicare Part B Premiums/Deductibles

On October 12, 2018, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the 2019 premiums, deductibles, and coinsurance amounts for the Medicare Part A and Part B programs.
Medicare Part B Premiums/Deductibles
Medicare Part B covers physician services, outpatient hospital services, certain home health services, durable medical equipment, and certain other medical and health services not covered by Medicare Part A.
The standard monthly premium for Medicare Part B enrollees will be $135.50 for 2019, an increase of $1.50 from $134 in 2018. An estimated 2 million Medicare beneficiaries (about 3.5%) will pay less than the full Part B standard monthly premium amount in 2019 due to the statutory hold harmless provision, which limits certain beneficiaries’ increase in their Part B premium to be no greater than the increase in their Social Security benefits. The annual deductible for all Medicare Part B beneficiaries is $185 in 2019, an increase of $2 from the annual deductible $183 in 2018. Premiums and deductibles for Medicare Advantage and Medicare Prescription Drug plans are already finalized and are unaffected by this announcement.

AMA Releases 2019 Coding Changes

The American Medical Association (AMA) has released the 2019 Current Procedural Terminology (CPT®) code set. The code set for the coming year includes 335 code updates as well as significant changes to certain descriptors.
Key changes include:
 Three new remote patient monitoring codes.
 Two inter-professional internet consultation codes.
 New and revised codes for skin biopsy, fine needle aspiration biopsy, adaptive behavior analysis and central nervous system evaluations, including psychological and neuropsychological testing.