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Friday Feb 16, 2018

Is your advanced alternative payment model recognized by CMS?

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services this month published a table displaying the APMs that it operates.

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Posted at 04:15PM Feb 16, 2018 by Kent Moore | Comments [0]

Monday Feb 12, 2018

Ten things to know as you prepare for 2017 MIPS reporting

Deadlines are fast approaching if you plan to submit data for the 2017 Merit-based Incentive Payment System performance period. Here are the top 10 things you need to do and know if you are an eligible clinician.

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Posted at 03:15PM Feb 12, 2018 by Kent Moore | Comments [0]

Friday Feb 09, 2018

Medicare eases burden for E/M documentation involving medical students

If you are a physician who teaches medical students in your practice and involves them in your evaluation and management encounters, your documentation burden for their work is getting easier.

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Posted at 11:00AM Feb 09, 2018 by Kent Moore | Comments [0]

Wednesday Feb 07, 2018

Time to educate your patients about new Medicare cards

CMS has published free resources to help notify your patients that the new Medicare beneficiary cards are coming.

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Posted at 02:30PM Feb 07, 2018 by Barbara Hays | Comments [0]

Friday Feb 02, 2018

What's your coding profile?

Comparing your E/M coding distribution with national benchmarks will help you identify aberrant coding patterns and make adjustments before they raise a red flag with payers or cost your practice money.

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Posted at 11:00AM Feb 02, 2018 by Betsy Nicoletti | Comments [0]

Thursday Jan 18, 2018

CMS: rate of physicians receiving Value Modifier penalties falls in final year

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released the results of its 2018 Value Modifier (VM) program (, and fewer eligible physicians will receive a negative payment adjustment than in the past two years.

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Posted at 03:30PM Jan 18, 2018 by Erin Solis | Comments [0]

Thursday Jan 04, 2018

An easier way to report data for QPP has arrived

Medicare is creating a one-stop shop for physicians and practices looking for an easier way to submit information to the Quality Payment Program (QPP).

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Posted at 01:00PM Jan 04, 2018 by Kent Moore | Comments [0]

Monday Dec 04, 2017

Are you getting paid for non-face-to-face prolonged care?

One of the most frequent complaints I hear from physicians is about the work done before and after an office visit, whether done the same day or another day. They say it is frustrating to spend so much time on those activities and receive no payment.

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Posted at 04:30PM Dec 04, 2017 by Betsy Nicoletti | Comments [0]

Friday Dec 01, 2017

University of Southern California program wins 2017 FPM Award for Practice Improvement

The University of Southern California’s Keck School of Medicine has won this year’s FPM Award for Practice Improvement. The Department of Family Medicine was presented with the award Friday during the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Conference on Practice Improvement being held in Louisville, Ky.

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Posted at 03:00PM Dec 01, 2017 by Lindsey Hoover | Comments [0]

Friday Nov 10, 2017

Medicare payment news for 2018: the key takeaways

As 2017 draws to a close, the Medicare program is notifying physicians how they will be evaluated and paid for treating patients in 2018. In case you’re not an avid reader of the Federal Register (and most people aren’t), let’s go over some details.

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Posted at 04:15PM Nov 10, 2017 by Kent Moore | Comments [0]

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