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Monday Oct 15, 2018

Time to form virtual groups for the MIPS 2019 performance year

The election period is now open for solo physicians and small groups looking to form virtual groups to better comply with the 2019 Merit-based Incentive Payment System.

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Posted at 04:00PM Oct 15, 2018 by Kent Moore | Comments [0]

Friday Oct 05, 2018

New MBI to appear on remittance advices

As part of the ongoing switch to the new Medicare Beneficiary Identifier, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is including the new MBI number on all Medicare remittances.

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Posted at 02:30PM Oct 05, 2018 by Kent Moore | Comments [0]

Monday Oct 01, 2018

Next wave of new Medicare cards rolls out

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has started mailing new Medicare cards to beneficiaries who live in “Wave 6” states: Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.

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Posted at 10:30AM Oct 01, 2018 by Kent Moore | Comments [0]

Friday Sep 28, 2018

Use of hurricane-related ICD-10 codes is changing

The external cause codes for hurricane-related encounters have existed since ICD-10 was adopted. The important change, beginning Oct. 1, is that the National Center for Health Statistics provided clear definition on how to apply the codes correctly.

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Posted at 02:45PM Sep 28, 2018 by Barbara Hays | Comments [0]

Monday Sep 24, 2018

New resources to ease ordering and prescribing DME under Medicare

The DME Medicare administrative contractors are trying to help physicians and recently created some online resources to ease the ordering or prescribing of durable medical equipment for Medicare patients.

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Posted at 01:15PM Sep 24, 2018 by Kent Moore | Comments [0]

Friday Jun 15, 2018

UnitedHealthcare to expand payment for after-hours primary care

UnitedHealthcare says it will begin on Aug. 18 paying for CPT code 99051, which recognizes the value of primary care practices improving convenience to patients by being open additional hours.

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Posted at 09:00AM Jun 15, 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 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 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]

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