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2018 NCDA Annual Meeting

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2018 NCDA Annual Meeting
January 19-21 | The Belmond Charleston Place | Charleston, SC

  • Accommodations: For room reservations call the Belmond Charleston Place at 1-800-831-3490, or via Email at groupres.cph@belmond.com, and mention the NCDA Annual Meeting to receive the group rate of $285++/night.
  • Exhibiting Opportunities: Please share the Exhibitor Prospectus with the product and service representatives who call on your practice.
  • Questions? Contact Nancy Lowe at nlowe@ncmedsoc.org or 919-833-3836.

About the Belmond Charleston Place

The Belmond Charleston Place is located at the very heart of downtown Charleston in the historic district and within walking distance of all the major attractions. Belmond Charleston Place makes every guest feel part of this great Southern city. A gathering point for local society, this luxury hotel blends gentility and old-world charm with a leading-edge spa and innovative cuisine. Renowned as Charleston’s finest accommodations, its first class meeting and event facilities are complemented by ‘The Club’, a private concierge level. Leisure activities include relaxing by the rooftop pool, dining in the award-winning Charleston Grill and browsing the exclusive boutiques.



UHC Notice – Elimination of Consultation Reimbursement

The June 2017 edition of the United Healthcare Bulletin includes notification that UHC will discontinue payment of CPT codes for consultation services (99241-99245 and 99251-99255). The change is effective October 1, 2017. A copy of the notice appears below. I wanted you to be aware in the event this change will impact your practice.

In taking this action, UHC will become the first major carrier to stop paying for consultation codes. Recognizing the detrimental impact that this change will have on patient access to specialty care, the NCSOHNS and the North Carolina Medical Society, along with several other state medical and specialty societies, have signed on to a letter urging UHC to reconsider the policy change or, at the least, to delay implementation until providers have adequate time to properly prepare for the policy change.



UnitedHealthcare Commercial Reimbursement Policies
Revision to the Consultation Services Reimbursement Policy

Effective for claims with dates of service on or after Oct. 1, 2017, UnitedHealthcare will reimburse the appropriate evaluation and management (E/M) procedure code which describes the office visit, hospital care, nursing facility care, home service or domiciliary/rest home care reported in lieu of a consultation services procedure code. This notification will be the first of several communications to clarify this change in reimbursement strategy supporting our commitment to the Triple Aim of improving health care services, health outcomes and overall cost of care.

UnitedHealthcare will align with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and no longer reimburse consultation services represented by CPT codes 99241-99245 and 99251-99255. At the time of the original CMS decision to no longer recognize these consultation services procedure codes, UnitedHealthcare began pursuit of data analysis and trending to better understand the use of consultation services codes as reported in the treatment of our commercial members. Similar to CMS’s findings, our extensive data analysis has revealed misuse of consultation services codes for this population.

The current Relative Value Unit (RVU) assignments reflect numerous changes made during recent years to both E/M codes and other surgical services creating an overall budget neutral experience supporting this strategy as a more accurate reflection of services rendered.





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