Practice & Professional Issues

AAFP, CMS Work to Clarify 'Incident to' Rules

April 16, 2014 02:01 pm — The complexity of Medicare billing regulations can baffle even the most business-savvy family physician. So recently, when the AAFP and family physician members had questions regarding Medicare rules for billing "incident to" services, the Academy went straight to CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner, M.A., for answers.

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04/16/2014 — Although it's tempting to think otherwise, planning for the transition to the ICD-10-CM code sets for outpatient diagnostic coding still should be at or near the top of family physicians' "to do" lists. That's the opening message participating physicians will hear during a free AAFP webinar titled "ICD-10: Get Started and Be Ready" that is scheduled for April 23 from 1-2 p.m. CDT.

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HHS Opens Up Payment Data to Public Scrutiny

AAFP Will Use Data to Highlight Payment Inequities

04/11/2014 — On May 9, CMS announced that it had made public a data set of information that contains financial information -- including billing and Medicare payment details -- on some 880,000 physicians who were paid about $77 billion in 2012 for services provided to patients as part of the Medicare Part B fee-for-service program.

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04/09/2014 — On Jan. 1, 2014, family physicians and all other entities covered by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act were obligated to come into compliance with operating rules related to electronic funds transfer and electronic remittance advice.

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