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More Medicare claims problems -- FPM

An issue with the Medicare eligibility contractor is causing claims to be incorrectly denied based on invalid beneficiary entitlement.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/medicare_claims_problems.html

Medicare expanding accelerated and advance payments due to COVID-19 -- FPM

The payments are typically offered during natural disasters. During the COVID-19 public health emergency, CMS is expanding the program for all Medicare providers and suppliers throughout the country.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/medicare_advance_payments.html

Next wave of new Medicare cards rolls out -- FPM

The Centers for Medicare and 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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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/Medicare_cards_wave_6.html

More than half of Medicare claims use new ID cards -- FPM

Physicians are showing early success using the new identification cards that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services supplied to Medicare beneficiaries over the last year.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/Medicare_claims_new_MBI.html

Seventh wave of new Medicare cards hits the mail -- FPM

CMS has begun mailing new Medicare ID cards to recipients living in the Wave 7 states and territories of Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, Puerto Rico, Tennessee, and the Virgin Islands.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/Medicare_cards_wave_7.html

Medicare card rollout update -- FPM

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has started mailing new Medicare cards to recipients living in states that represent the Wave 4 of the new card rollout that began this spring.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/medicare_card_update.html

Medicare provides more regulatory relief in response to COVID-19 -- FPM

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services issued an interim final rule that made many significant Medicare payment policy changes effective March 1, 2020, and for the duration of the COVID-19 public health emergency.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/medicare_covid_changes.html

Medicare eases burden for E/M documentation involving medical students -- FPM

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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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/medicare_eases_burden_for_student_EM_documentation.html

Time is running out to transition to new Medicare numbers -- FPM

Effective Jan. 1, 2020, you must use Medicare Beneficiary Identifiers (MBIs) when billing Medicare, regardless of the date of service.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/medicare_identifiers_changing.html

Use this database to answer questions about Medicare noncoverage -- FPM

CMS offers the searchable Medicare Coverage Database to help physicians know when Medicare does not cover a specific service, requiring an Advance Beneficiary Notice of Noncoverage.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/Medicare_coverage_database.html

Medicare resolves beneficiary entitlement date errors -- FPM

CMS has fixed an issue with beneficiary entitlement date errors that caused improper claim denials and is reprocessing affected claims.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/medicare_errors_fix.html

Medicare payments for lab tests to change in 2018 -- FPM

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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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/Medicare_lab_payments_to_change_in_2018.html

Medicare looks to contract directly with physicians and suppliers -- FPM

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is investigating a new payment model that would directly contract with Medicare providers and suppliers.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/Medicare_looks_to_contract_directly_with_physicians.html

CMS answers more key questions on telehealth billing during COVID-19 -- FPM

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services updated a frequently asked questions page with new guidance on billing Medicare during the COVID-19 public health emergency.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/medicare_may_faqs.html

Medicare payment news for 2018: the key takeaways -- FPM

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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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/medicare_payment_news_the_key_takeaways.html

A one-stop shop for Medicare documentation requirements? -- FPM

CMS plans to list all the documentation that’s required for Medicare payment in one central location - the new Provider Documentation Manual.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/Medicare_provider_documentation_manual.html

Less than a month left to submit 2018 MIPS data -- FPM

Physicians eligible for the Merit-based Incentive Payment System in 2018 have only a few more weeks to report your quality measures.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/MIPS_2018_deadline.html

New MIPS participation option has streamlined reporting -- FPM

Beginning this year, Medicare is offering a new Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) participation option intended to streamline reporting requirements.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/mips_app_option.html

Deadline to submit MIPS data fast approaching -- FPM

Failure to report Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) data will result in a -7% adjustment to Medicare claims.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/MIPs_data_deadline.html

Oct. 2 represents key 2017 MIPS deadline for some physicians -- FPM

If you or your practice plans to participate fully or partially in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System in 2017, and you plan to report 90 consecutive days of data for the year, then Monday, Oct. 2, is the last day you can begin.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/MIPS_90_days_deadline_Oct_2.html

Wait times coming down for physician visits -- FPM

Physician offices in the U.S. have cut visit wait times for patients by five minutes in the past year, according to a new survey.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/mgma_survey_wait_times.html

Few receive negative payment adjustment in first year of MIPS -- FPM

The vast majority of clinicians who were eligible for and participated in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System in 2017 will avoid a negative payment adjustment to their Medicare claims during the 2019 payment year.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/MIPS_payment_update.html

CMS expands MIPS reporting relief for 2020 performance year -- FPM

CMS will automatically apply the extreme and uncontrollable circumstances exemption in most cases, but there are some caveats.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/mips_reporting_relief.html

Is your MIPS score/Medicare payment adjustment incorrect? Time is running out to ...

Physicians must submit a targeted review request by Sept. 30, 2019, if they feel their 2018 MIPS final score/2020 MIPS payment adjustments are incorrect.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/mips_review.html

Medicare changing rules for modifiers to override claims edits -- FPM

Medicare and some private payers are set to make it easier to use modifiers to override claims edits.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/modifiers_override_claims.html

Medicare announces coverage for new COVID-19 treatment that can be provided in doctors'...

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has set coverage for a monoclonal antibodies therapy that doctors should be able to eventually provide in outpatient office settings.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/monoclonal_antibodies_coverage.html

HHS announces new COVID-19 funding for physicians -- FPM

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has announced $20 billion in new funding for physicians and others on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic. The application period is Oct. 5 through Nov. 6.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/more_prf_funds.html

New and revised codes for COVID-19 testing -- FPM

The American Medical Association CPT Editorial Panel approved new and revised codes for COVID-19 testing this week. The updates to the CPT code set take effect immediately.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/new_covid_tests.html

Looking ahead to this year's new diagnosis codes -- FPM

It’s not too early to start preparing for the annual round of ICD-10 diagnosis coding changes effective for dates of service on or after Oct. 1.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/New_ICD10_Codes_Fall_2018.html

More Medicare money potentially headed to you -- FPM

The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 is requiring Medicare administrative contractors (MACs) to reprocess practice claims, which could mean some physicians will see a boost in reimbursement

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/More_Medicare_money_potentially_headed_your_way.html

Ask beneficiaries to designate you their primary clinician online -- FPM

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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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/mymedicare_voluntary_alignment.html

New Medicare card lookup tool gets update -- FPM

Even if your Medicare patients haven't yet received their new ID cards, you can lookup their beneficiary identifier online.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/New_Medicare_card_tool_update.html

What’s your Medicare quality report score? Find out here. -- FPM

Access your annual Physician Feedback report and Quality and Resource Use Report to find out if you'll receive a payment adjustment in 2018.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/new_medicare_quality_report.html

New MBI to appear on remittance advices -- FPM

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

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/New_Medicare_Remittance_Advices.html

When you’re more current than Medicare -- FPM

Claims getting denied because of Medicare's outdated national coverage determination codes? Here's what to do.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/outdated_medicare_ncds.html

More new CPT codes approved for COVID-19 vaccines -- FPM

The CPT Editorial Panel has approved a new unique code for the COVID-19 vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/oxford_vaccine_codes.html

How to properly code for a Pap smear -- FPM

Screening for cervical cancer is often included in the physical exam portion of a preventive medicine service. Follow this advice to see when you can bill separately for a Pap smear.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/pap_smear.html

Patients and physicians agree: not enough time for care -- FPM

If you don’t feel you’re spending enough time with your patients during appointments to provide the best care, it’s likely your patients agree with you.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/patients_and_physicians_agree_not_enough_time_for_care.html

Primary Care First alternative payment model applications open, deadline in April -- FPM

The Primary Care First model offers a multi-payer system for practices ready to take on more risk through payments based on utilization and outcomes.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/pcf_applications_open.html

A different way to measure primary care performance -- FPM

The Person-Centered Primary Care Measure survey has a low data collection burden for physicians.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/pcpcm_survey.html

Medicare taking comments on 2021 physician payment proposals -- FPM

The changes are a mix of good news and bad news for family physicians, but taken as a whole CMS estimates they will result in a 13% increase in family physicians’ Medicare allowed charges in 2021.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/physician_fee_schedule_comments.html

Performance scores for 2017 QPP claims data are now available -- FPM

If you used claims to submit 2017 quality data for the Merit-based Incentive Payment System, you can now find out how you did.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/performance_scores_for_2017_claims_data.html

CMS provides more information on patients’ eligibility for pneumonia vaccines -- FPM

A change in Medicare reporting should make it easier to identify when a patient is eligible for a pneumococcal pneumonia vaccine.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/pneumonia_vaccine.html

Medicare instructs contractors to cease local pneumococcal vaccination frequency edits ...

Have you had inappropriately denied claims for pneumococcal vaccination? Here's what to do.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/pneumococcal_vaccination_frequency_edits.html

Prepare now for next round of Paycheck Protection Program funding -- FPM

Given how quickly the first round of funding was exhausted, businesses are advised to apply as soon as possible.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/ppp_second_round.html

Pre-diabetes program available to Medicare patients beginning April 1 -- FPM

Medicare is expanding Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program with effective with dates of service on or after April 1.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/prediabetes_program_opens_to_Medicare_patients_April_1.html

Feds release new info on COVID-19 Provider Relief Fund reporting requirements -- FPM

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has released detailed reporting requirements for health care providers that receive payments from the $175 billion COVID-19 Provider Relief Fund.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/prf_reporting_requirements.html

Helping compare Medicare costs and copayments gets easier -- FPM

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has launched a new online tool that allows consumers to compare Medicare payments and copayments for certain procedures that are performed in both hospital outpatient departments and ambulatory surgical centers.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/procedure_price_lookup.html

Properly documenting time in E/M visits -- FPM

Most evaluation and management (E/M) services are selected based on the level of history, exam, and medical decision making documented in the note. But if counseling, coordination of care, or both dominate the visit, CPT instructs physicians to select a code based on time.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/properly_documenting_time_in_E-M_visits.html

IRS says these COVID-19 relief funds are taxable -- FPM

Money that doctors receive from the CARES Act Provider Relief Fund will be subject to income tax in most cases.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/provider_relief_taxes.html

Deadlines approaching for Medicare alternative payment programs -- FPM

The end of the year will bring several important deadlines for Medicare’s Quality Payment Program.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/qpp_deadlines_approaching.html

HHS taking applications for Primary Care First alternative payment model -- FPM

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

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/primary_care_first.html

QPP feedback reports now available -- FPM

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has released feedback reports telling eligible physicians and practice groups how they did during the first full year of complying with the Quality Payment Program.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/QPP_feedback_reports.html

QPP hardship application now open -- FPM

The application for a hardship exception to the Quality Payment Program (QPP) for the 2017 transition year is now available on the QPP website.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/qpp_hardship.html

Check your QPP participation status with updated CMS tool -- FPM

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services updated its Quality Payment Program Participation Status Tool based on new data.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/qpp_participation_update.html

CMS again offers QPP data reporting relief, but this time it's not automatic -- FPM

Practices participating in MIPS that have been significantly impacted by the public health emergency can apply for the Extreme and Uncontrollable Circumstances Exception.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/qpp_relief.html

QPP websites updated to streamline eligibility checks, review measures -- FPM

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has updated its Quality Payment Program participation tool and QPP website to make it easier to check eligibility and review quality measure data.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/QPP_website_updated_eligibility.html

Check your final 2019 MIPS eligibility status -- FPM

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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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/QPP_participation_status.html

The deadline to apply for COVID-19 Provider Relief Funds is only days away -- FPM

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services had previously announced that certain providers would have this opportunity to receive additional Provider Relief Fund payments.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/relief_funds_deadline.html

Got an idea to reduce physician burden? CMS wants to hear it -- FPM

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has opened a request for information, looking for ways to reduce paperwork and allow physicians to spend more time on patient care.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/reducing_physician_burden.html

Regulatory relief coming for Stark and anti-kickback self-referral laws -- FPM

The changes include new safe harbor protections for coordinated care and value-based payment arrangements.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/regulatory-relief-for-stark-and-anti-kickback-self-referral-laws.html

How to code a screening test vs. a monitoring test (and why it matters) -- FPM

At annual exams, patients often expect that any tests ordered will be considered preventive and covered 100 percent by their insurer. To avoid confusion, make sure you follow this ICD-10 rule.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/screening_vs_monitoring.html

Still time to request review of your MIPS final score -- FPM

If you believe Medicare has made an error in your 2019 MIPS payment adjustment calculation, you have only a few more weeks to request a targeted review.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/requesting_MIPS_targeted_review.html

The accurate valuation of office visits: one thing you can do -- FPM

The relative value of office-based E/M codes is being reviewed. To help inform that review, family physicians can take this one critical step.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/ruc_survey.html

Use 30-day window to review what Physician Compare says about you -- FPM

Beginning, Oct. 18, CMS is giving physicians 30 days to preview the information about them on Physician Compare before publicly releasing it online.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/review_what_Physician_Compare_says_about_you.html

Medicare claims may be delayed in April, as Congress mulls postponing cut -- FPM

Medicare claims may be delayed as contractors hold them rather than process them with the 2% cut only to have to then reprocess them if the U.S. House of Representatives reverses the cut.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/sequester_cut_bill.html

Medicare claim review to become more targeted -- FPM

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services says it is expanding its medical review strategy, called Targeted Probe and Educate later this year. This actually appears to offer some advantages to physicians.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/targeted_probe_and_educate_expands.html

CMS clarifies documentation for teaching physicians' E/M services -- FPM

Physicians who bill for E/M services while teaching medical students may face some changes under newly clarified federal guidelines.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/teaching_physician_services.html

CMS looks for feedback on new MIPS cost measures -- FPM

CMS is testing several new cost measures that could later be added to the cost category of the Merit-based Incentive Payment System and is looking for help.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/testing_cost_measures.html

Ten things to know as you prepare for 2017 MIPS reporting -- FPM

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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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/Ten_things_to_know_for_2017_MIPS_reporting.html

Tips for using total time to code E/M office visits in 2021 -- FPM

Some tips for coding using total time under the new rules for E/M office visits that take effect Jan. 1, plus an example of a visit well-suited for time-based coding.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/total_time_tips.html

Transitional care management: four common questions -- FPM

The rules for coding and billing transitional care management (TCM) services can be confusing. Here are four common questions.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/transitional_care.html

UnitedHealthcare to expand payment for after-hours primary care -- FPM

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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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/UHC_code_99051.html

UHC moves from denial to downcoding of E/M claims -- FPM

Physicians and their coding staff need to be aware of a change in how United Healthcare approaches and pays claims with problematic documentation.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/UHC_downcoding.html

UnitedHealthcare modifies telehealth reimbursement policy for 2021 -- FPM

UHC, one of the nation's largest insurers, has instituted a new place of service coding requirement and other changes.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/uhc_telehealth.html

New opportunity to get paid for treating uninsured COVID-19 patients -- FPM

The Department of Health and Human Services will soon start accepting claims for COVID-19-related testing and treatment of uninsured patients, to be reimbursed at Medicare rates.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/uninsured_covid.html

Major insurer extends COVID-related telehealth expansion through September -- FPM

One of the nation's largest insurance companies announced it will continue to reimburse telehealth visits at the same level as in-person visits for several more months.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/uhc_telehealth_extension.html

Updated tool lets physicians lookup 2018 MIPS eligibility -- FPM

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has updated its Merit-based Incentive Payment System Eligibility Lookup Tool to inform physicians if they must report for the program in 2018.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/Updated_tool_lets_physicians_lookup_2018_MIPS_eligibility.html

Check flu vaccine codes to avoid claim denials -- FPM

If you are receiving denials on your Medicare claims for influenza vaccinations this season, it may be due to inadvertent coding errors.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/vaccine_claims_denied.html

ICD-10-CM vaping coding guidance -- FPM

The CDC has issued supplemental ICD-10 guidance to help physicians submit claims for services provided to patients with vaping-related lung injuries.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/vaping_coding_guidance.html

New code for vaping-related illness may require a billing system update -- FPM

Update your electronic health record and billing systems for a new diagnosis code for vaping-related illness that takes effect April 1.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/vaping_related_illness.html

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.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/USC_program_wins_2017_FPM_Award_Practice_Improvement.html

What's your coding profile? -- FPM

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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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/whats_your_coding_profile.html

Time to form virtual groups for the MIPS 2019 performance year -- FPM

Follow these instructions to create or join a virtual group to better comply with the 2019 Merit-based Incentive Payment System.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/virtual_groups_MIPS_2019.html

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

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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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/virtual_credit_cards_and_eft.html

The 4Ms: Simplifying complex care decision making for older adults -- FPM

Medical training focuses on curing or treating as many of a patient's health problems as possible, but when providing complex care for older patients with multiple chronic diseases, it can be easy to lose focus on what outcomes matter most to the patient.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/inpractice/entry/4Ms_decision_making.html

Think 99214 if you see these problems or procedures -- FPM

The risk component of medical decision making is more subjective and can be difficult to identify, so here’s what to look for.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/inpractice/entry/99214_presenting_problems.html

What does "24/7 access" to care really mean? -- FPM

Providing chronic care management services comes with numerous requirements, including 24/7 access to care. But the definition of that access is confusing.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/inpractice/entry/access.html

A technique for easing advance care planning conversations -- FPM

Advance care planning conversations can get emotional. Here's one way to prepare.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/inpractice/entry/advance_planning_technique.html

Five steps to set up ambulatory blood pressure monitoring in your practice -- FPM

Ambulatory blood pressure monitoring (ABPM) provides more accurate data than in-office blood pressure checks, which is useful for identifying issues that might otherwise stay hidden and ruling out white coat hypertension.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/inpractice/entry/ambulatory_bp_monitoring.html

How to respond if a teen patient’s parent wants access to records -- FPM

If the parent of an adolescent patient contacts you or your staff wanting to know why the teen visited your practice, the teen patient’s information must be kept private if any of these situations apply.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/inpractice/entry/adolescent_patient_privacy.html

Five mobile apps to help patients with anxiety and depression -- FPM

Here are five mobile apps you can recommend to patients with anxiety and depression.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/inpractice/entry/anxiety_apps.html

Advance care planning: do’s and don'ts -- FPM

If you’ve been avoiding these difficult but important conversations, here are some do’s and don’ts to help you get started.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/inpractice/entry/advance_care_planning_tips.html

An efficient workflow for alcohol misuse screening -- FPM

Screening adult patients doesn’t have to be time-consuming, and the service is often billable, particularly when the results lead to a brief intervention.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/inpractice/entry/alcohol_misuse.html

A simple communication technique to increase patient satisfaction and empowerment -- FPM

Quickly obtaining a patient's psychosocial information can improve the physician's connection with the patient. The BATHE technique can help.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/inpractice/entry/bathe_technique.html

How to encourage more appropriate quality measures -- FPM

Many quality measure do not help patients or are out of the physician's control. If facing such measures, here are two things physicians can do.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/inpractice/entry/appropriate_quality_measures.html

How to create simple annual visit plans for your patients -- FPM

Family physicians often have to think through a patient's future care needs during a visit, which can hurt efficiency and allow things to go unaddressed. Creating annual visit plans with each patient may help.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/inpractice/entry/annual_visit_planning.html

App review: Aspirin Guide -- FPM

A mobile app developed by researchers at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital can help you quickly determine whether a patient is a good candidate for low-dose aspirin therapy.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/inpractice/entry/app_review_aspirin_guide.html

A basic model for behavioral health integration -- FPM

You can get paid to integrate basic behavioral health check-ins into your practice.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/inpractice/entry/basic_behavioral_health.html

Seven tips for mastering the art of medicine -- FPM

To foster more consistent practice of the art of medicine, physicians should adopt these seven behaviors.

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https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/inpractice/entry/art-of-medicine.html

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