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Medicare

Jun 2002 Issue
New Medicare Payment Opportunities [Getting Paid]

On April 1, 2002, ambulatory blood pressure monitoring (ABPM) became a Medicare-covered service. Effective January 1, 2002, Congress extended Medicare coverage for MNT to beneficiaries with diabetes or a renal disease. The author explains how to take advantage of these new payment opportunities.


Nov-Dec 2001 Issue
The Ins and Outs of "Incident-To" Reimbursement [Feature]

This article describes the key points of Medicare's incident-to rules as they apply to family physicians.


Nov-Dec 2001 Issue
Four Medicare Myths Exposed [Getting Paid]

The author explains the truth behind several popular misconceptions that physicians and patients have about the Medicare program.


Sep 2001 Issue
Medicare Clarifies Preoperative Services Reimbursement Policy [Getting Paid]

The author explains instructions recently issue by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services about how to code for preoperative medical evaluations performed by family physicians at the request of surgeons outside the Medicare global surgical period.


Jul-Aug 2001 Issue
When All Else Fails, Contact Your HCFA Regional Office [Getting Paid]

The author explains how readers can work with the Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA) regional office in their area to resolve problems they have with their Medicare carriers.


Jun 2001 Issue
Medicare Expands Preventive Screening Benefits [Getting Paid]

Starting on July 1, 2001, Medicare coverage of preventive medicine services will be expanded to include biennial screening pap smears and pelvic exams (currently, coverage is limited to once every three years) and coverage for screening colonoscopies for all beneficiaries (currently only individuals at high risk receive this coverage). The article explains what physicians need to know to get reimbursed for these services.


May 2001 Issue
An Update on Certifying Home Health Care [Getting Paid]

The author explains a clarification of Medicare's definition of "homebound" and introduces readers to new HCPCS codes that must be used when certifying home health care.


Apr 2001 Issue
Billing Medicare for Diabetes Self-Management Training [Getting Paid]

This article explains Medicare's reimbursement rules for diabetes self-management training.


Feb 2001 Issue
Waiving Co-payments and Deductibles for Indigent Patients [Getting Paid]

The article explains clarifications to the anti-kickback statute that were recently issued by the Office of Inspector General. The focus is on waiver of copayments for indigent patients.


Jan 2001 Issue
Seven Steps to Medicare Compliance [Feature]

This article describes the OIG's voluntary compliance guidance and explains why and how solo and small-group practices should implement the guidance in their practices.


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