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Thursday Jan 23, 2020

CMS testing diagnostic imaging referrals program in preparation for mandate

The Appropriate Use Criteria program will require an extra step before ordering advanced imaging starting in 2021, unless it's repealed.


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Posted at 09:30AM Jan 23, 2020 by FPM Editors | Comments [0]

Monday Jan 13, 2020

Wanted: Bank information to pay APM bonuses

The federal government has posted a list of clinicians it owes bonus money. Here's how to find out if you're on it, and how to claim your cash if you are.


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Posted at 03:30PM Jan 13, 2020 by Kent Moore | Comments [0]

Wednesday Dec 18, 2019

The top Medicare changes to know for 2020

The annual Medicare update includes changes to documentation requirements, coding and payment.


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Posted at 02:30PM Dec 18, 2019 by FPM Editors | Comments [0]

Wednesday Dec 11, 2019

Check your final 2019 MIPS eligibility status

The QPP Participation Status Tool tells physicians if they are required to report to the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) for the 2019 performance year.


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Posted at 01:15PM Dec 11, 2019 by Erin Solis | Comments [0]

Wednesday Dec 04, 2019

New Medicare home health payment feature has implications for physician orders

Home health changes coming to Medicare in 2020 won't affect physician payments, but could change how much information home health providers request in physician orders.


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Posted at 03:00PM Dec 04, 2019 by Kent Moore | Comments [0]

Monday Nov 25, 2019

Time to choose your Medicare status for 2020

Physicians have until Dec. 31 to decide how they plan to participate in Medicare in 2020.


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Posted at 10:00AM Nov 25, 2019 by Kent Moore | Comments [0]

Monday Nov 18, 2019

What to do when an MBI changes

It's time to start using Medicare Beneficiary Identifiers, if you aren't already. But how will you know if a patient's MBI changes?


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Posted at 02:00PM Nov 18, 2019 by Kent Moore | Comments [0]

Wednesday Nov 13, 2019

HHS taking applications for Primary Care First alternative payment model

The bundled services model will offer performance bonuses of up to 50%, with downside risk of just -10%.


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Posted at 11:00AM Nov 13, 2019 by Kate Freeman | Comments [0]

Monday Nov 11, 2019

Time is running out to transition to new Medicare numbers

Soon physicians will no longer be able to use Medicare Health Insurance Claim Numbers and will have to switch to Medicare Beneficiary Identifiers.


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Posted at 11:00AM Nov 11, 2019 by Kent Moore | Comments [0]

Wednesday Nov 06, 2019

Medicare finalizes physician fee schedule and Quality Payment Program for 2020

Highlights from the 2020 Medicare physician fee schedule include new codes for chronic care management and principal care management.


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Posted at 02:00PM Nov 06, 2019 by Kent Moore | Comments [0]

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