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Friday, Dec. 2, 2022

New CPT codes starting soon

Make sure your practice is ready for new code set updates launching on Jan. 1, 2023 by joining a special webinar! Appropriate coding can help improve patient care and practice performance and revenue.

Lunch with the Coder: 2023 CPT coding updates

Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2022; 12:15-1pm


Get ready for the annual current procedural terminology (CPT) code set updates that take effect Jan. 1 by attending this informative webinar. Learn the latest updates to keep your practices’ coding accurate in 2023, including:

  • understand why codes have been updated
  • important new additions
  • support documentation needed
  • applying new codes

Webinars are complimentary and open to The Physician Alliance members only.

Catch up on missed education programs

If you missed any of The Physician Alliance's many education programs this year or want to get another screening, no worries!

Most of the webinars are recorded for easy on-demand viewing. Members can access the recordings via TPA's member portal. As a member benefit, TPA's education programs and on-demand videos are available only to members.

Don't forget that you can also stay updated on upcoming education programs by visiting the Events section on TPA's website (hint: bookmark this page for quick viewing!).

Do you need a will or trust?

Are you confused about whether you need a will or trust? Don't worry, many people are. 

Wills and trusts are very different estate planning documents. Either can be the right choice, depending on circumstances. While both provide instructions for distributing assets following death, a trust is generally a much more detailed document.

Let’s examine the difference: 

  • Simple will: A will only takes effect when you die. Also, a will generally will be processed through the probate court, so your family’s assets are available for public view. This may subject your family to unscrupulous creditors and heirs. Probate can also take time and be expensive.
  • Trust: A trust takes effect when it is signed and funded. As a result, it can protect you if you are incapacitated. A trust also is not open to the public and can reduce future legal costs significantly by avoiding the probate process. It protects and preserves your assets and can minimize taxes. A trust also allows you to decide when and how your assets will be distributed in a non-public forum. If you have children, a house, a blended family and other assets, you will likely need a trust. 

It’s always beneficial to begin your planning process as soon as possible. Working with an attorney can help you decide which estate planning documents are right for you and how this may change over time. Taking time to understand the process will help ensure your family and assets are properly protected.

Source: Rickard & Associates, an Affiliate Partner, can help prepare the correct documents or to update a current estate plan. Contact 586-498-0600 for more information. 

Last chance to register for care management course

The Physician Alliance has been approved by the Michigan Institute for Care Management and Transformation (MICMT) to provide the Foundational Care Management Codes & Billing Opportunities course training.

Foundational Care Management Codes & Billing Opportunities

Friday, Dec. 9, 2022; 8am-12pm

Live virtual

REGISTER NOW (a MICMT account is required to register)

The Foundational Care Management Codes & Billing Opportunities course builds upon team-based care focusing on reimbursement for care management services for BCBSM and Priority Health. Some details discussed maybe similar for other payers. This course was designed to support and train physician organizations and practice staff on care management billing.

Topics will include:

  • Care team coding and billing is a team sport
  • Billing optimization
  • Billing applications
  • Billing resources

Cost of Training: Free to TPA PCMH practices

Target audience: Billing subject matter experts, care management staff and administrators

Note: It is recommended that the Introduction to Team-Based Care course be completed prior to this course.

Trainer: Sharon Kraydich, MSN, RN, director, quality & utilization, The Physician Alliance

Certificates offered: Biller/Coder CEU, Certificate of Completion, Nursing CE, Social Work CE

If you have questions or require accommodations to fully participate in this meeting, please contact micmt-requests@med.umich.edu.

Registration deadline is Dec. 8, 2022 at 5pm.

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More health systems charging for MyChart messages, Becker's Health IT

How monoclonal antibodies lost the fight with new COVID variants, NPR

Hidden audits reveal millions in overcharges by Medicare Advantage plans, NPR

Medicare is using provider payment to try to fix the dialysis system, Stat News

Ways you can save

Featured Affiliate Partner: VACCINE PURCHASING PROGRAM: Atlantic Health Partners provides TPA members with competitive pricing on vaccines and an exclusive annual rebate eligibility on all program vaccine purchases.

Learn more about this partner.

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