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No Good Deed Goes Unpunished

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You simply need to read the headlines, posts, and tweets, about providers across the healthcare profession being audited, fined, and some even convicted, to see that the costs of non-compliance are real. We tell ourselves, “It won’t happen to me.” The reality is that it easily could. Your license is your livelihood.

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CMT Fees in 2019

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Now is the time to prepare. There were some minor reductions to the RVUs for CMT codes 90840-90843. Check here to see what those changes are.

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Are you Ready for CMS' 2019 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule?

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The waiting is over, the Final Rule for CMS' 2019 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) is available - all 2,379 pages for those looking for a little light reading. As anticipated, there are some pretty significant changes. Most of us were carefully watching the proposed changes to the Evaluation and ...

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Wolters Kluwer Drug Pricing

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Wolters Kluwer provides unit and package pricing for multiple drug price types: Average Wholesale Price (AWP), Wholesale Acquisition Cost (WAC), Direct Price (DP), Manufacturer's Suggested Wholesale Price (SWP), Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Federal Upper Limit (CMS FUL), Average Average Wholesale Price (AAWP), Generic Equivalent Average Price (GEAP). Average...

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Pricing for ASC’s and APC’s

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For Medicare purposes, an Ambulatory Surgical Center Resources (ASC) is a distinct entity that operates exclusively to furnish surgical services to patients who do not require hospitalization and in which the expected duration of services does not exceed 24 hours following admission. ASC payment groups determine the amount that...

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Routine Waiver of Patient Out of Pocket Expenses

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Medical billers often encounter the dilemma of a physician who wants to be the hero to his or her patients and waive their out-of-pocket expenses. Out-of-pocket expenses include a patient's co-payment, coinsurance, deductibles, charges above U&C (Usual and Customary), and even services a plan may not cover in some situations....

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New Bipartisian Budget Act of 2018 Provisions

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On February 9, 2018, the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 was signed into law. There were some changes which will affect Medicare payments. The following is a brief summary, for a more comprehensive summary see the References. Therapy Caps: Some therapy caps (e.g., occupational, physical therapy, speech-language pathology) were discontinued. However, modifier KX will ...

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Payment Rates Increase for Behavioral Health Office Services

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Behavioral health providers may see some improvement in payment rates for office-based behavioral health services. This is due to the fact that the overhead expense evaluation portion of the RVU was increased. The following information is from the Federal Register (see References): We agree with these stakeholders that the site of service ...

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Don’t Be Hesitant About Collecting Co-Pays

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If you are hesitant about collecting co-pays, consider that you may be paying interest on credit cards, property mortgages, and business loans. Each dollar that you do not collect in co-pays could have been used to pay down the practice debt. Without question, if you are having difficulty finding ways ...

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Adjusting Your Collection Strategies to HDHPs

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High Deductible Health Plans (HDHPs) are recent and growing trend in healthcare that is probably here to stay, regardless of the future changes to the national healthcare system or federal regulations.....

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UCR Pricing, What is it?

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UCR (Usual, Customary, and Reasonable) pricing is a method of generating healthcare pricing based on the average pricing in a particular geographic location.  Gathering information on pricing based on what other providers in that area is charging is commonly used for a fee or payment reference, as it gives a basis ...

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MIPS - To Participate or Not Participate - That is the Question

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Medicare’s Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) Final Rule increased the threshold for participation. With this increase, a significant number of providers fall into the exempt category and they are now breathing a sigh of relief. However, there’s one hidden tidbit which you may have missed - the potential damage to ...

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Anesthesia

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Anesthesia services fall into one of the following categories ranging from lowest to greatest: Local or topical anesthesia (not covered here) Moderate (conscious) sedation (See “Moderate Sedation” on page xx) Regional anesthesia General anesthesia Anesthesia is the administration of a drug or gas to induce partial or complete loss of consciousness. General anesthesia may only ...

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Specialty Exceptions — 2018 PE RVU Changes

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Some specialties are not included in the new PPIS PE/HR RVU changes

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Average Wholesale Price (AWP)

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Clinical Drug Information, LLC Average Wholesale Price (AWP) is intended only to be used by Clinical Drug Information, LLC customers. While many use this information as a price index, the Clinical Drug Information, LLC AWP does not represent an average of wholesale prices from any group of transactions in the ...

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Four Final Rules Affecting CMS Payments for 2018

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It’s a season for changes. CMS just finalized four rules which directly impact the following payment systems: Physician Fee Schedule Final Policy, Payment, and Quality Provisions for CY 2018 Hospital OPPS and ASC Payment System and Quality Reporting Programs Changes for 2018 HHAs: Payment Changes for 2018 Quality Payment Program Rule for Year 2 This ...

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New Payment Rulings Could Affect You

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Fall has always been the season for CMS fee changes and on November 2, 2017, CMS announced the finalization of four rules which directly impact the following payment systems: Physician Fee Schedule Final Policy, Payment, and Quality Provisions for CY 2018 Hospital OPPS and ASC Payment System and Quality Reporting Programs Changes ...

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Payment Rulings and Small Provider Practices

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Fall has always been the season for CMS fee changes and on November 2, 2017, CMS announced the finalization of four rules which directly impact the following payment systems: Physician Fee Schedule Final Policy, Payment, and Quality Provisions for CY 2018 Hospital OPPS and ASC Payment System and Quality Reporting Programs Changes ...

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Transparency and Fees

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More than any other industry, healthcare is almost notorious for its lack of price transparency. While patients generally know how much their copay will be and certainly how much their final bill turns out to be, few hospitals and practices publish the actual costs of their services prior to those ...

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When Using Code 99050 (After Hours)

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Question: When using code 99050 (after hours), do I just add a amount, example $25.00, to our normal total charges for that patients visit?

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Have You Evaluated Your Fees Recently?

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Many providers are unsure of where their fee schedule actually came from or when it was last reviewed. As a component of compliance and for other preventive purposes, fee schedules should be evaluated once per year. Read more to help evaluate your fee schedules.

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Medicare Conversion Factor

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In April of 2015, the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula which is used to calculate the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) Conversion Factor was repealed as part of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA). The conversion factor will increase by 0.5% each year until 2019 and ...

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Quality Reporting is not Just for CMS

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If you thought that quality reporting is just for CMS, you are wrong. Other payers recognize the need to establish quality metrics.

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Alternative Payment Models (APMs) and Advanced APMs

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When CMS Released the NPRM regarding the Quality Payment Program (QPP), it included two payment tracks: MIPS and Advanced Alternative Payment Models (APMs). Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), Patient Centered Medical Homes, and bundled payment models are some examples of APMs. So how do these payment models differ?  According to a fact sheet ...

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