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Modified: 10/12/2018
This article provides a link to special edition MLN Matters article SE18021, which has been revised to include the state of Georgia. The article provides details about blanket waivers issued for impacted areas to prevent gaps in access to care for impacted beneficiaries.
Modified: 10/11/2018
This article provides a link to special edition MLN Matters article SE18021, which provides details about blanket waivers issued for impacted areas to prevent gaps in access to care for impacted beneficiaries. [SE18021]
Modified: 10/11/2018
This edition includes recommendations to protect patients from the flu and pneumonia by reminding them that Medicare covers vaccinations for both conditions. Also included is a reminder for Medicare patients to destroy their old red, white, and blue Medicare cards but not their Social Security, Medicare Advantage plan, or drug plan cards.
Modified: 10/4/2018
This edition includes information regarding a new educational tool designed to help providers learn the difference between the initial preventive physical examination (IPPE), annual wellness visit (AWV), and routine physical.
Modified: 9/27/2018
This edition includes information that beginning October 1 remittance advices will return both the new Medicare beneficiary identifier and health insurance claim number. Also included is information on the September edition of the “Patient over Paperwork” newsletter, which highlights the process of identifying provider concerns and actions taken, in progress, and being considered to reduce administrative burden.
Modified: 9/20/2018
This edition includes information regarding a proposed rule that removes regulations that are outdated and burdensome.
Modified: 9/19/2018
This special edition provides a progress update of mailing new Medicare cards while keeping focus on protecting Medicare patients’ identities and continually improving mailing strategies.
Modified: 9/18/2018
This edition includes the latest information regarding the mailing of new Medicare cards. Also included are printable handouts for your Medicare patients and numerous resources including a fact sheet with questions and answers about the transition.
Modified: 9/13/2018
This edition includes information for you to help Medicare patients avoid and report scams and changes to the mapping Medicare disparities tool. Also included is fourth quarter 2017 performance data, which you are encouraged to review prior to public display in December, and the new influenza vaccine code.
Modified: 9/6/2018
This edition includes a link to a proposed rule that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released July 12 and is seeking comments by September 10. Also included is a reminder video addressing the importance of proper documentation.
Modified: 8/30/2018
This edition includes information on merit-based incentive payment system (MIPS) final score and performance feedback for those who participated in 2017. Also included is a link to a provider minute video created in conjunction with the CERT Task Force(s) on documenting medical necessity related to laboratory and diagnostic services and information on upcoming open door forum on the new Medicare card.
Modified: 8/23/2018
This edition includes information about determining the start date of the hospice period and a reminder regarding the format of numbers on new Medicare card. To avoid confusion, the Medicare beneficiary identifier will not have letters S, L, O, I, B, and Z.
Modified: 8/21/2018
This edition includes the latest information regarding the mailing of new Medicare cards to people with Medicare who live in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina. Also included are printable handouts for your Medicare patients and numerous resources including a fact sheet with questions and answers about the transition.
First Coast Service Options (First Coast) strives to ensure that the information available on our provider website is accurate, detailed, and current. Therefore, this is a dynamic site and its content changes daily. It is best to access the site to ensure you have the most current information rather than printing articles or forms that may become obsolete without notice.