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MLN Connects®

Modified: 5/17/2018
This edition provides clarification on the Medicare beneficiary identifier look-up tool and information regarding the redesigned drug spending dashboards, which includes year-over-year information on drug pricing and highlights which manufactures have been increasing its prices.
Modified: 5/10/2018
This edition provides information on a new strategy designed to ensure that those living in rural areas have access to healthcare services and addresses their unique healthcare needs by focusing on five objectives, which include advancement of telehealth and telemedicine.
Modified: 5/3/2018
This edition informs you that your Medicare patients are told to show you their new Medicare card. If they don't, ask them if they've received it. The use of these new numbers begins right away.
Modified: 4/30/2018
This special edition MLN Connects® article from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) provides information on proposed rules related to skilled nursing, inpatient rehabilitation, inpatient psychiatric, and hospice.
Modified: 4/26/2018
This edition includes information on how you can help your patients with the new Medicare cards. Also included is a change to the electronic health record incentive program and the merit-based incentive payment system, which includes renaming both.
Modified: 4/25/2018
This special edition MLN Connects® article provides information on a proposed rule, which allows patients better access to information and electronic records. The rule updates payment policies and rates under the inpatient prospective payment system and the long-term care hospital prospective payment system.
Modified: 4/19/2018
This edition announces a new tool designed to help prevent potential fraud, waste, and abuse. Also, get information on an upcoming webcast covering the option to submit Medicare cost reports electronically.
Modified: 4/12/2018
This edition includes information about how you can help protect your Medicare patients from scam artist that may try to get their personal information, including their new Medicare number.
Modified: 4/5/2018
This edition provides new information about the mailing of the new Medicare cards to ensure cards are mailed to accurate addresses and personal information is protected. Also, find online resources to help reduce risks of opioids, including opioid-involved overdosing.
Modified: 3/29/2018
This edition includes information regarding a new initiative that will help patients get their electronic medical records and help them with its use.
Modified: 3/15/2018
This edition includes information regarding a special open door forum designed to get providers ready to accept the new Medicare beneficiary identifier starting April 1. In addition, you will find numerous new and revised provider compliance tips.
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