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Wednesday Sep 20, 2017

What’s your Medicare quality report score? Find out here.

Individual physicians and groups can now access the latest results of their annual Physician Feedback report and Quality and Resource Use Report. They provide information on the 2016 Physician Quality Reporting System and the 2016 Value-based Payment Modifier as well as if the physician or group will receive a 2018 payment adjustment under either program.

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Posted at 12:30PM Sep 20, 2017 by Erin Solis | Comments[0]

Monday Sep 18, 2017

New details as we get closer to CMS replacing current Medicare cards

As I announced in June, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services plans to issue new Medicare identification cards that no longer carry Social Security numbers as a way to prevent fraud and fight identity theft. Last week, CMS unveiled the new cards.

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Posted at 02:45PM Sep 18, 2017 by Kent Moore | Comments[0]

Tuesday Sep 05, 2017

Ask beneficiaries to designate you their primary clinician online

If you treat Medicare patients, you and your patients likely value the relationships you’ve formed. As Medicare continues to change how it reimburses physicians for beneficiary care, it would be helpful if the program knew about and honored those relationships, right?

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Posted at 11:45AM Sep 05, 2017 by Kent Moore | Comments[0]

Friday Sep 01, 2017

Wait times coming down for physician visits

Physician offices in the U.S. have cut visit wait times for patients by five minutes in the past year, according to a new survey.

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Posted at 10:45AM Sep 01, 2017 by David Twiddy | Comments[0]

Wednesday Aug 23, 2017

CMS: health plans can't force you to take virtual credit cards

Physicians who have been confused or concerned about health plans wanting to use virtual credit cards to pay them for patient care are learning they have more say in the matter than they thought.

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Posted at 04:14PM Aug 23, 2017 by Kent Moore | Comments[0]

Friday Aug 18, 2017

Medicare claim review to become more targeted

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services says it is expanding its medical review strategy, called “Targeted Probe and Educate" later this year. This actually appears to offer some advantages to physicians.

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Posted at 04:14PM Aug 18, 2017 by Kent Moore | Comments[0]

Thursday Aug 17, 2017

Are you ready to provide FAA BasicMed exams to pilots?

As of May 1, Congress changed the rules for how the pilots of small private planes may choose to receive medical clearance to fly. Instead of undergoing the full FAA-sanctioned physician exam, certain pilots can get certified by their personal physician.

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Posted at 04:14PM Aug 17, 2017 by Barbara Hays | Comments[0]

Thursday Aug 10, 2017

MIPS tops list of most burdensome regulations for group practices


A new survey of group medical practices shows that while many physicians expect they will be able to meet at least the minimum requirements of the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) this year, most see it as a huge burden that affects their ability to care for patients.

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Posted at 04:14PM Aug 10, 2017 by David Twiddy | Comments[0]

Wednesday Aug 09, 2017

QPP hardship application now open

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is now accepting applications from individual physicians and medical groups that believe they are due hardship exceptions from the Quality Payment Program for the 2017 transition year.

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Posted at 11:16AM Aug 09, 2017 by Kent Moore | Comments[0]

Friday Jul 14, 2017

CMS releases physician payment proposals for 2018

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' proposed rules on the 2018 Medicare physician fee schedule would increase overall rates in 2018 by 0.31 percent.

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Posted at 01:36PM Jul 14, 2017 by Kent Moore | Comments[0]

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