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CMS Spring News: Check Out Special Enrollment Periods, QPP Resources, and Quarterly Updates

12. February 2018

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How are you doing this February? I’m looking at some snow, myself. But these three news pieces from CMS show that spring is right around the corner. Don’t miss these deadlines on MIPS suggestions, special enrollment, and HCPCS Q2 implementation. 1. By March 1: Make Your Voice Heard on MIPS If you’ve got suggestions for […]

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3 Smart Ways to Prep for New Medicare Cards

9. February 2018

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To comply with MACRA, CMS is removing social security numbers from Medicare cards. The goal is to help prevent identity theft. Here are three ways you can prepare for this big change. 1. Familiarize Yourself With the New Look The look of the new cards won’t be a drastic change from the old ones. They’re […]

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CMS Says No to Texting Orders (What Emoji Would That Be, Anyway?)

31. January 2018

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If providers want official proof they shouldn’t be texting orders, direct them to a recent memo from CMS, “Texting of Patient Information Among Healthcare Providers.” Memo summary: Nope. Just don’t do it. Don’t text orders. And if you’re going to text other members of the healthcare team about patients, keep security in mind. Here’s Why […]

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7 Achievable New Year’s Resolutions For Healthier Coding & Reimbursement in 2018

25. January 2018

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Did You Catch It? New Year, New Look for CLFS

17. January 2018

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Your 2018 preparations for lab coding aren’t complete if you haven’t looked into the changes to the Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule (CLFS). Here are some hints from Pathology/Lab Coder to point you in the right direction. Get an Overview of the CLFS Makeover The 2018 CLFS brought a major overhaul to payment for lab testing. […]

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Improve Your Knowledge of the MIPS Improvement Activities Category

3. January 2018

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There’s no time like New Year’s to think about improvement! Improvement activities in MIPS, that is. Background: MIPS focuses on the categories of quality, cost, practice-based improvement activities (IA), and advancing care information (ACI), the last of which focuses on use of certified electronic health record technology (CEHRT). It can be tough to wrap your […]

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Yea or Nay? See Which QPP 2018 Proposals Came Through in the Final Rule

14. December 2017

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Back in July, TCI SuperCoder blog had a post about the proposed 2018 Quality Payment Program (QPP) rule, a program established under MACRA. Now that the final rule (with comment period) is out, let’s see how some of those proposals fared. Small Provider Exemption/Low-Volume Threshold Proposal: The proposed rule included adjusting the 2017 low-volume threshold […]

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What Does ICD-10 Have to Do With Prescriptions to Treat Acute Pain?

27. September 2017

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We’re just days away from ICD-10 2018 implementation. One group with ICD-10-CM on the brain may be Ohio pharmacists. Here’s why: Effective Dec. 29, 2017, there will be new rules in Ohio for prescribing opioids. One of the requirements is for the prescription to include “The ICD-10-CM medical diagnosis code of the primary disease or […]

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Are These ASCQR Resources on Your List?

5. September 2017

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The Ambulatory Surgical Center Quality Reporting (ASCQR) Program affects Medicare reimbursement for ASCs. In short, ASCs have to meet administrative, data collection, and data submission requirements to avoid a payment reduction. Here’s a look at some ASCQR resources recently listed in Outpatient Facility Coding Alert. 1. CMS ASCQR Page The CMS ASCQR page links to […]

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Ups and Downs, MACRA Modifiers, and E/M DGs in MPFS 2018 Proposed Rule

25. July 2017

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Part 3 of our proposed rule extravaganza is about the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) 2018 proposed rule. (Part 1 was QPP and Part 2 was OPPS). Let’s get down to business, checking out some highlights explained in recent issues of Medicare Compliance and Reimbursement. Plusses and Minuses The proposed 2018 conversion factor is 35.99, […]

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