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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.
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.
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.
This article explains Medicare's reimbursement rules for diabetes self-management training.
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.
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.
When family physicians provide mental health services to their Medicare patients, they can find their usual Medicare payments reduced. Here's the reason why and an explanation of why it shouldn't affect your bottom line.
This article will give tips on how physicians within a group can be reimbursed for treating their colleague's patients.
This article will describe which rural services qualify for the 10-percent bonus discount from Medicare and how physicians can access the bonus (since it's not automatic). The article also will include a list of the regional rural office contacts and underserved regions.
This article will update Medicare's coding and coverage policies for critical care.