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Watch April MPFS Update for NGACO Code Changes With a January Twist

18. March 2019

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Ready for some retroactive MPFS changes? The next Medicare Physician Fee Schedule update may have an April 1, 2019, implementation date, but the effective date is Jan. 1, 2019. The theme for the HCPCS codes involved is Next Generation Accountable Care Organization (NGACO) Model Post Discharge Home Visits. Remember: “MACs will not search their files […]

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Keep Your Finger on the OIG Pulse by Knowing Where to Find Audit Targets

12. March 2019

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OIG audit targets can feel like moving targets with the website updated each month. Find out where you can go to keep tabs on the Office of Inspector General’s Work Plan items, and see an example of a recently added area to watch. (Tip: For more OIG information, you also can check out this free […]

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Update Your Knowledge of MIPS Promoting Interoperability for 2019

4. February 2019

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In 2019, there are some changes to the Promoting Interoperability performance category of MIPS. Here’s what you need to know about CEHRT and scoring news for this performance year. Background: MACRA requires the Quality Payment Program (QPP) to include a MIPS performance category on meaningful use of certified EHR technology, the QPP 2019 rule states. […]

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Here’s How Medical Documentation Can Help or Hurt for Reimbursement

24. January 2019

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The 2018 CERT report estimates 58 percent of Medicare improper payments were caused by insufficient documentation (and this is an ongoing trend). More than half is nothing to sneeze at, especially when you consider that those documentation problems could lead to having to repay Medicare or having to spend time working on underpayments. Here’s a […]

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Say Cheese! Medicare Is Paying for Photo and Video Evals in 2019

17. January 2019

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If a picture is worth 1,000 words, how much is evaluating a picture worth? Medicare has taken a stance on that. As of Jan. 1, 2019, Medicare is paying for remote evaluation of pre-recorded patient videos and images reported using G2010. Here’s what we know from the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule. Compare Our […]

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Take the Mystery Out of the MPFS Conversion Factor and Calculations

14. January 2019

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In the 2019 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS), the conversion factor is 36.0391 compared to 35.9996 in 2018. But that sort of information helps only if you know what a conversion factor is and what to do with it. Here’s a primer you can turn to when you need to brush up on your MPFS […]

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Here’s How MIPS Participation Eligibility Shrinks and Grows in 2019

10. January 2019

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We’re in the third year of the Quality Payment Program (QPP), which includes the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). The QPP is connected to the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA). Because MIPS may result in Medicare payment adjustments up or down, knowing whether you’re required to participate is an essential first […]

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Modifier 59 Misuse Cost 1 Health System Millions — Know Where to Go for the Rules

7. January 2019

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Exploiting modifier 59 was a major factor in a recent $12.5 million settlement for False Claims Act allegations. How’s that for motivation to shore up your modifier 59 know-how? Here are some resources to get you on your way. Read the Write-Up on the Recent False Claims Act Settlement Find out some of the details […]

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Get the Latest on Changes to Medicare’s 2019 History Documentation Requirements

20. December 2018

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We’ve been talking a lot about the 2019 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule final rule, but when there are changes to E/M rules, there can never be enough information, right? CMS recently released a response to a question that arose during a provider call about what parts of history ancillary staff or the beneficiary can document […]

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Pop Quiz: Test Your Assumptions About QPP 2019 Payment Year

10. December 2018

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Understanding the Medicare Quality Payment Program (QPP) is tough. But the data Medicare released from the 2017 performance year shows you were up for the challenge. And that’s good news because the 2017 performance year affects 2019 Medicare payments and maybe has helped you prepare for the 2019 performance year, too. Let’s see how you […]

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