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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]

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 (https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Medicare-Fee-for-Service-Payment/PhysicianFeedbackProgram/Downloads/2018-Value-Based-Payment-Modifier-Factsheet.pdf), 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 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]

Monday Oct 02, 2017

Medicare payments for lab tests to change in 2018

Does your office perform lab tests for Medicare beneficiaries? The amount of Medicare reimbursement your office receives for those tests is likely changing, and not positively.


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Posted at 05:30PM Oct 02, 2017 by Kent Moore | Comments [0]

Monday Sep 18, 2017

New details as we get closer to CMS replacing current Medicare cards

As I announced in June, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services plans to issue new Medicare identification cards that no longer carry Social Security numbers as a way to prevent fraud and fight identity theft. Last week, CMS unveiled the new cards.


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Posted at 02:45PM Sep 18, 2017 by Kent Moore | Comments [0]

Tuesday Sep 05, 2017

Ask beneficiaries to designate you their primary clinician online

If you treat Medicare patients, you and your patients likely value the relationships you’ve formed. As Medicare continues to change how it reimburses physicians for beneficiary care, it would be helpful if the program knew about and honored those relationships, right?


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Posted at 11:45AM Sep 05, 2017 by Kent Moore | Comments [0]

Wednesday Aug 23, 2017

CMS: health plans can't force you to take virtual credit cards

Physicians who have been confused or concerned about health plans wanting to use virtual credit cards to pay them for patient care are learning they have more say in the matter than they thought.


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Posted at 04:14PM Aug 23, 2017 by Kent Moore | Comments [0]

Monday May 22, 2017

How to avoid the unpaid Medicare annual wellness visit

One of the challenges of getting paid for Medicare annual wellness visits (AWVs) is that Medicare reimburses only one AWV a year per Medicare patient – and your patient may get that visit elsewhere without you knowing it. Even worse, you will not discover that fact until after you have provided the service and received a claim denial from Medicare. What’s a practice to do?


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Posted at 09:51AM May 22, 2017 by Kent Moore | Comments [0]

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