Medical marijuana allows chronically ill patients to relieve painful, often debilitating symptoms legally instead of taking pills that many claim are mostly unhelpful. So why are there are no valid codes for submission for payment in the Current Procedural Terminology® (CPT), Healthcare Common Procedural Coding System (HCPCS), or National Drug Code (NDC) for medical marijuana?
The current state of claims payments for medical marijuana clearly has yet to be defined. So, what is the answer? Reporting this timely story during this edition of Talk Ten Tuesdays will be Terry Fletcher, a nationally recognized professional physician coding expert.
Other segments to be featured on the broadcast include:
News Desk: Larry Field, DO, anchors the Talk Ten Tuesdays News Desk with the very latest healthcare news. Field is the treasurer of the American College of Physician Advisors.
Tuesday Focus: Two new studies point to the alarming issue of physician burnout. The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) reported that resident physicians’ symptoms of burnout and career choice regret have become increasingly prevalent. And the Physician’s Foundation’s 2018 Survey of America’s Physicians reported that physicians feeling burned out increased from 74 percent in 2016 to 77.8 percent in 2018. We report on this topic with two perspectives: Physician Michael Salvatore with Beebe Healthcare, and H. Steven Moffic, nationally renowned psychiatrist, will both share their reactions to this epidemic.
- TalkBack: Talk Ten Tuesdays co-host Erica Remer, MD, FACEP, CCDS, founder and president of Erica Remer, MD, Inc., reports on an issue that recently caught her attention during her popular TalkBack segment.