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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]

Monday Jul 03, 2017

CMS expands prior authorization for DME

Prior authorization is the bane of many family physicians’ existence. Despite their pleas for relief, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced its intent to expand prior authorization for two pieces of durable medical equipment (DME).

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Posted at 12:24PM Jul 03, 2017 by Kent Moore | Comments[0]

Wednesday Jun 21, 2017

Changes to 2018 Quality Payment Program aim to help participation

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has proposed a series of changes in the second year of the Quality Payment Program (QPP) that attempts to address some of the complaints from physicians that the original rules make participation in QPP difficult.

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Posted at 04:33PM Jun 21, 2017 by Kent Moore | Comments[0]

Monday Jun 19, 2017

How to get ready for new Medicare cards

In an attempt to prevent fraud and fight identity theft, Medicare is issuing new identification cards to beneficiaries next year that no longer carry their Social Security numbers. Considering that your practice likely uses these cards to make sure you include the right insurance information and patient identifier on claims, this change will affect you too.

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Posted at 09:53AM Jun 19, 2017 by Kent Moore | Comments[0]

Monday Jun 12, 2017

CMS looking for feedback on website

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is expanding its new Quality Payment Program website to give administrative staff tools to better manage practice and physician information. As part of the process, CMS is looking for people to help provide feedback.

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Posted at 05:14PM Jun 12, 2017 by Kent Moore | Comments[0]

Friday Jun 02, 2017

CMS renames and expands locum tenens arrangements

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is changing how it describes locum tenens arrangements. Effective June 13, CMS will use the term “fee-for-time compensation arrangements.”

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Posted at 03:14PM Jun 02, 2017 by Kent Moore | Comments[0]

Thursday May 25, 2017

Deadline approaches to join new MACRA payment model

Next week is the deadline to notify Medicare if your practice intends to participate in a new payment model aimed at helping practices, particularly smaller ones, meet the Quality Payment Program requirements under MACRA.

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Posted at 12:06PM May 25, 2017 | Comments[0]

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