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Wednesday Oct 18, 2017

Use 30-day window to review what Physician Compare says about you

Beginning, Oct. 18, CMS is giving physicians 30 days to preview the information about them on Physician Compare before publicly releasing it online.


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Posted at 10:00AM Oct 18, 2017 by Kent Moore | Comments [0]

Friday Oct 13, 2017

In a small group? Combine with others now to participate in MIPS

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services says physicians in solo or small group practices have until Dec. 1 to formally notify Medicare that they are participating in a virtual group. These groups make it easier for small practices to participate fully in MIPS.


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Posted at 12:30PM Oct 13, 2017 by Kent Moore | Comments [0]

Friday Oct 06, 2017

Patients and physicians agree: not enough time for care

If you don’t feel you’re spending enough time with your patients during appointments to provide the best care, it’s likely your patients agree with you.


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Posted at 05:00PM Oct 06, 2017 by David Twiddy | Comments [0]

Monday Oct 02, 2017

Medicare payments for lab tests to change in 2018

Does your office perform lab tests for Medicare beneficiaries? The amount of Medicare reimbursement your office receives for those tests is likely changing, and not positively.


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Posted at 05:30PM Oct 02, 2017 by Kent Moore | Comments [0]

Friday Sep 29, 2017

Oct. 2 represents key 2017 MIPS deadline for some physicians

If you or your practice plans to participate fully or partially in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System in 2017, and you plan to report 90 consecutive days of data for the year, then Monday, Oct. 2, is the last day you can begin.


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Posted at 01:30PM Sep 29, 2017 by Kent Moore | Comments [0]

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]

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