News Alerts

This section provides the latest and essential industry updates as they become available.

  • 10 Ways to Improve Medical Coding and Billing Accuracy

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    10 Ways to Improve Medical Coding and Billing Accuracy

    The best way to prevent claims denials and improper payments is to keep them from happening in the first place. Before submitting a claim, be on the lookout for the following 10 common errors:

  • 6 Questions Ensure E&M Compliance

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    6 Questions Ensure E&M Compliance

    Using MDM to code office visits in 2021 from an auditor’s perspective there are four distinct portions of an auditor’s tool: diagnoses, data, risk, and calculation of medical decision making (MDM).

  • CMS Guidance Clarifies MIPS Measure Specifications

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    CMS Guidance Clarifies MIPS Measure Specifications

    For the 2021 MIPS performance period, most of the available eCQMs include CPT® and HCPCS Level II encounter codes that Medicare will cover when furnished either in-person or via telehealth.

  • Diabetic Quality Measure Coding Changes for 2021 (MIPS)

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    Diabetic Quality Measure Coding Changes for 2021 (MIPS)

    2020 Reporting Codes:

  • APMA-Successful with Initiative to Increase MUE for CPT 28300

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    APMA-Successful with Initiative to Increase MUE for CPT 28300

    The APMA has requested that the National Correct Coding Initiative (NCCI) increase the Medically Unlikely Edit (MUE) of CPT 28300 (Osteotomy, calcaneus) from one to two,
    stating their argument; that this was necessary to account for the situation when a double calcaneal osteotomy is needed.

  • Post-Op Global Period Changes From 90 to Zero Days for Common Digital Amputation Procedures

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    Post-Op Global Period Changes From 90 to Zero Days for Common Digital Amputation Procedures

    The global surgical package for CPT 28820 (amputation, toe: metatarsophalangeal joint) and CPT 28825 (amputation, toe: interphalangeal joint) includes all the necessary services normally furnished by a surgeon before, during and after a procedure.

  • Major Stimulus Bill Pumps Funds into Healthcare

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    Major Stimulus Bill Pumps Funds into Healthcare

    A $1.4 trillion government spending bill and $900 billion COVID-19 relief package, signed into law Dec. 27, includes a slew of provisions directed toward the Department of Health and Human Services, but one in particular will put money back into the pockets of healthcare practitioners.

  • Medicare FFS Claims: 2% Payment Adjustment (Sequestration) Suspended Through March 2021

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    Medicare FFS Claims: 2% Payment Adjustment (Sequestration) Suspended Through March 2021

    The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act suspended the payment adjustment percentage of 2% applied to all Medicare Fee-For-Service (FFS) claims from May 1 through December 31.

  • COVID-19 Vaccine Scams

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    COVID-19 Vaccine Scams

    Medicare covers the COVID-19 vaccine at no cost to you, so if anyone asks you to share your Medicare Number or pay for access to the vaccine, you can bet it’s a scam .

  • Physicians/Practitioners: Medical Records Play a Vital Role in Ordering and Providing DMEPOS to Your Patients

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    Physicians/Practitioners: Medical Records Play a Vital Role in Ordering and Providing DMEPOS to Your Patients

    For any DMEPOS item to be covered by Medicare, the patient’s medical record must contain sufficient information about the patient’s medical condition to substantiate the necessity for the type of equipment or supply, quantity and/or frequency of use or replacement, if applicable.

  • E&M 2021 Updates-Overview of Changes

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    E&M 2021 Updates-Overview of Changes

    New CPT 2021 guidelines for office and other outpatient E/M services were created to reduce administrative burden on provider documentation and to align code selection with how providers practice medicine.

  • DME-Policy Article Revisions for November 19, 2020

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    DME-Policy Article Revisions for November 19, 2020

  • TRICARE Regulations Updated to Allow DPMs to Refer for PT/OT Services

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    TRICARE Regulations Updated to Allow DPMs to Refer for PT/OT Services

    TRICARE released a final rule fixing its outdated regulations to allow DPMs to refer TRICARE patients to Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy Services (PT/OT) as well as speech pathology.

  • EmblemHealth-New Claims Payment and Remittance Effective August 19, 2020

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    EmblemHealth-New Claims Payment and Remittance Effective August 19, 2020

    On Aug. 19, 2020, they will be implementing a new claims payment and remittance (CPR) service powered by ECHO Health, Inc. (ECHO) for Group Health Incorporated (GHI). Health Insurance Plan of Greater

  • HHS Provider Relief Fund Phase 2 General Distribution Now Accepting Additional Applicants

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    HHS Provider Relief Fund Phase 2 General Distribution Now Accepting Additional Applicants

    On July 31, 2020, HHS announced that certain Medicare providers would be given another opportunity to receive additional Provider Relief Fund payments

  • MACs Resume Medical Review on a Post-Payment Basis

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    MACs Resume Medical Review on a Post-Payment Basis

    Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) are resuming fee-for-service medical review activities.

  • Medicare-Include Multiple Dates of Service on Reconsideration Appeal Request

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    Medicare-Include Multiple Dates of Service on Reconsideration Appeal Request

    Suppliers may include multiple dates of service for the same beneficiary on one reconsideration request form instead of submitting separate reconsideration requests for each date of service.

  • Repayment of Accelerated and Advance Payments for Part B Providers Begins July 27th

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    Repayment of Accelerated and Advance Payments for Part B Providers Begins July 27th

    For the first 120 days, claims should be submitted as normal. Claims will be processed by National Government Services and payments that were transmitted to the provider.

  • Medicare FFS Audits Resuming
August 3rd

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    Medicare FFS Audits Resuming
    August 3rd

    CMS recently announced that it anticipates resuming audits on August 3, as related to CMS’ program integrity efforts. This decision was made based on states reopening regardless of the ongoing public health emergency status.

  • CMS Issues ABN Update

    JUL

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    CMS Issues ABN Update

    A new Fee-for-Service Advanced Beneficiary
    Notification of Non-coverage (ABN) form is now effective, with an expiration date of June 30, 2023. The use of the old ABN (version 03/2020) will be considered invalid after Aug. 31, 2020.

  • MCR-Targeted Probe & Educate (TPE) Reviews Suspended

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    MCR-Targeted Probe & Educate (TPE) Reviews Suspended

    In response to COVID-19, Medicare has implemented the following actions pertaining to TPE reviews:

  • Proper Billing for Telehealth Services Claims

    JUN

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    Proper Billing for Telehealth Services Claims

    CMS received a high volume of paper CMS-1500 claim forms for telehealth services with dates of service during the PHE that they have to reject because they are improperly coded with two different POS codes on one claim.

  • Medicare-Article Revisions for July 1st, 2020

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    Medicare-Article Revisions for July 1st, 2020

    ICD-10 CODES THAT SUPPORT MEDICAL
    NECESSITY: Added: ICD-10 diagnosis codes E08.610, E09.610, E10.610, and E11.610 to Group 2 Codes for L4631

  • Medicare-Article Revisions for June 2020

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    Medicare-Article Revisions for June 2020

    Due to the clinical findings and challenges presented by patients with COVID-19 the following diagnosis codes have been added to ICD-10 Codes that Support Medical Necessity.

  • UnitedHealthcare COVID-19 End Date and Billing Guidance

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    UnitedHealthcare COVID-19 End Date and Billing Guidance

    The following resources will help you quickly reference the effective dates for UnitedHealthcare’s temporary benefit, program and procedure changes related to COVID-19, as well as billing guidelines for services such as COVID-19 testing, treatment and telehealth.

  • House Votes to Ease Restrictions on Coronavirus Small Business Loans

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    House Votes to Ease Restrictions on Coronavirus Small Business Loans

    The House passed a bill Thursday designed to give small businesses owners more flexibility in how they spend money from a key coronavirus aid program.

  • UnitedHealthcare is Waiving Cost Share for Medicare Advantage Members

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    UnitedHealthcare is Waiving Cost Share for Medicare Advantage Members

    UnitedHealthcare is waiving cost share (copays, coinsurance and deductibles) for UnitedHealthcare Medicare Advantage plan members for all covered office-based professional services performed by...

  • CMS’ Interim Final Rule-COVID-19

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    CMS’ Interim Final Rule-COVID-19

    CMS distributed a new interim final rule (IFR) on April 30 that entailed more regulatory waivers and rule changes. These changes are meant to increase access to care and provide added flexibility to providers in delivering that care.

  • Modifier 95 as it Relates to Medicare Part B and COVID-19 Billing

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    Modifier 95 as it Relates to Medicare Part B and COVID-19 Billing

    Modifier 95 Defined: Synchronous telemedicine service rendered via real-time interactive audio and video telecommunications system.

  • Additional Funding from HHS

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    Additional Funding from HHS

    $50 billion of the Provider Relief Fund is allocated for general distribution to facilities and providers that billed Medicare in 2019,

  • CMS Reevaluates Accelerated Payment Program and Suspends Advance Payment Program

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    CMS Reevaluates Accelerated Payment Program and Suspends Advance Payment Program

    On April 26th, CMS announced that it is reevaluating the amounts that will be paid under its Accelerated Payment Program and suspending its Advance Payment Program

  • CMS Sets up Accelerated and Advanced Medicare Payments Due to Coronavirus

    MAR

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    CMS Sets up Accelerated and Advanced Medicare Payments Due to Coronavirus

    On Saturday, CMS detailed how providers can access accelerated or advanced Medicare payments under the new economic stimulus package.

  • CMS: Providers can Skip 2019 MIPS Reporting Due to Coronavirus Crisis

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    CMS: Providers can Skip 2019 MIPS Reporting Due to Coronavirus Crisis

    As part of the federal government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, CMS has announced relief measures for providers who are bound to participate in its quality reporting programs, including the

  • Medicare-Protect Yourself and Your Patients from COVID-19 Fraud/Scammers

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    Medicare-Protect Yourself and Your Patients from COVID-19 Fraud/Scammers

    Scammers may use COVID-19 as an opportunity to steal your identity and commit Medicare fraud. In some cases, they might tell you they'll send you a Coronavirus test

  • CMS Announces the 2020 Medicare Part B Deductible

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    CMS Announces the 2020 Medicare Part B Deductible

    On November 8, 2019, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the 2020 premiums, deductibles, and coinsurance amounts for the Medicare Part A and Part B programs

  • Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)- How to Protect Yourself

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    Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)- How to Protect Yourself

    Medicare Beneficiary Identifiers (MBIs) should be used now to avoid claim and eligibility transaction rejects. Effective January 1, 2020, regardless of the date of service

  • LCD and Policy Revisions Summary-February 20, 2020

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    LCD and Policy Revisions Summary-February 20, 2020

  • Did You Know that the Medicare Part B Overpayment Form has been Retired?

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    Did You Know that the Medicare Part B Overpayment Form has been Retired?

    Some providers are still using the retired Medicare Part B Overpayment Form. The new process for provider-initiated non MSP overpayments is as follows:

  • Accepting Payment from Patients with a Medicare Set-Aside Arrangement

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    Accepting Payment from Patients with a Medicare Set-Aside Arrangement

    Medicare is always a secondary payer to liability insurance (including self insurance), no-fault insurance, and workers’ compensation benefits.

  • CMS Audits and How They Affect
Podiatry-TPE Audits-DME

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    CMS Audits and How They Affect
    Podiatry-TPE Audits-DME

    Targeted Probe and Educate (TPE) is one process that a Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC) can utilize when providers are selected by Medical Review. The TPE review process includes three rounds of a prepayment probe review with education.

  • CMS Audits and How They Affect
Podiatry-Audits Conducted by SafeGuard Services UPIC

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    CMS Audits and How They Affect
    Podiatry-Audits Conducted by SafeGuard Services UPIC

    Audits are being conducted by SafeGuard a UPIC (Unified Program Integrity Contractor) contracted by CMS to help identify and investigate cases of suspected fraud and ensure Medicare payments are recouped

  • EHR Vendor Practice Fusion to Pay $145 Million for Illegal Kickback Opioid Scheme

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    EHR Vendor Practice Fusion to Pay $145 Million for Illegal Kickback Opioid Scheme

    Practice Fusion Inc., of San Francisco, will pay $145 million to resolve criminal and civil investigation into a kickback scheme involving the developer’s EHR software, according to a news release from the U.S. Justice Department.

  • Completion of Certificates of Medical Necessity (CMN) Annual Reminder-January 2020

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    Completion of Certificates of Medical Necessity (CMN) Annual Reminder-January 2020

    Certificates of medical necessity, commonly known as CMNs, are documents used by the DME MACs to assist in gathering information about the medical necessity of an item.

  • Common EHR-Related Malpractice Problems

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    Common EHR-Related Malpractice Problems

    Many doctors are tempted to copy a note from a prior encounter and make changes as appropriate. This leads to a few potential problems.

  • MIPS 2020

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    MIPS 2020

    CMS released the 2020 Final Rule for the Quality Payment Program on Friday November 1, 2019. CMS made changes to performance thresholds, payment adjustments, and category requirements.

  • The Importance of Patient Relationship Categories and Codes (PRC)

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    The Importance of Patient Relationship Categories and Codes (PRC)

    Patient Relationship Categories and Codes (PRC) were established to help attribute patients and care episodes to physicians and other clinicians for measuring cost, particularly in the Quality Payment Program. Beginning in 2020

  • New Patient E/M Denials: Puzzle
Unraveled

    JAN

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    New Patient E/M Denials: Puzzle
    Unraveled

    New patient evaluation and management (E/M) claims are being denied when the patient was previously seen by a specialty physician assistant or specialty nurse practitioner on staff.

  • E/M 2021: Grasp the Future Roles of Time and MDM for Accurate Coding

    JAN

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    E/M 2021: Grasp the Future Roles of Time and MDM for Accurate Coding

    Evaluation and management (E/M) code descriptors for office and other outpatient visits will look a lot different in the 2021 CPT code set.

  • E/M Changes Only to Office/Outpatient-Effective 2021 for 99202-99215

    JAN

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    E/M Changes Only to Office/Outpatient-Effective 2021 for 99202-99215

    Medicare adopts CPT E/M changes for 2021, rescinding the plan for bundled payment for three levels of codes

  • Importance of 99024-Postoperative Visits

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    Importance of 99024-Postoperative Visits

    Code 99024 captures services normally included in the surgical package, indicating an evaluation and management (E/M) service was performed during a postoperative (post-op) period for reasons related to the original procedure.

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