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Modified: 12/13/2018
This edition includes information on training materials for 2019 Part D opioid policies, a QPP webinar library, a billing reminder for device replacement procedures, an upcoming MDPP enrollment tutorial webinar, and more.
Modified: 12/6/2018
This edition includes information on CMS’ new SNF staffing and patient driven payment model, the physician compare preview period open through December 31, the January 2019 average sales price file, provider compliance regarding cardiac device credits, and more.
Modified: 11/29/2018
This edition includes information on CMS actions to lower prescription drug costs, efforts to improve patient safety, quality of care, payment for outpatient services provided to beneficiaries who are inpatients of other facilities, and more.
Modified: 11/27/2018
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has released a special edition article announcing it is extending the public comment period on new product categories for DMEPOS competitive bidding.
Modified: 11/21/2018
This edition includes information on the new Patient Driven Payment Model (PDPM), which is replacing Resource Utilization Group, Version IV (RUG-IV) for the skilled nursing facility prospective payment system. Also included is the provider enrollment application fee for 2019.
Modified: 11/15/2018
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has released a special edition article related to the wildfires in California and corresponding waivers.
Modified: 11/15/2018
This edition includes information on the Quality Payment Program, which includes the 2017 performance data results and the updated participation status tool. Also included is information on the November 19 call to assist with understanding key elements of the 2019 physician fee schedule final rule.
Modified: 11/13/2018
This article provides information on new Medicare card mailings for Wave 7 states and additional resources from CMS.
Modified: 11/8/2018
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has released a letter to clinicians about reducing burden; a link to the letter is provided in this article.
Modified: 11/8/2018
This edition includes resources for those who have questions about the transition to the Medicare beneficiary identifier as well as the new opioid policies for Medicare drug plans.
Modified: 11/2/2018
The Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services has released a final rule that will provide seniors more choices and lower cost options. This policy would result in lower copayments for beneficiaries and savings for the Medicare program.
Modified: 11/2/2018
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has finalized proposals that will remove excessive paperwork tied to outdated billing practices while saving time and money for beneficiaries.
Modified: 11/1/2018
This edition includes information on a new international pricing index (IPI) payment model, which will achieve several goals including reducing beneficiary costs and increase adherence and access to prescription drugs. The model would also reduce providers' burden and financial risks associated with managing drug inventories, so physicians can focus on patient care.
Modified: 10/25/2018
This edition includes a link to available beneficiary resources to educate your patients on the new Medicare cards. In addition, other new and trending resources are available for emergency preparedness.
Modified: 10/18/2018
This edition includes information on a training series for nursing homes as well as information on how to become a Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program supplier. Also included is information on the Quality Payment Program website; new education modules for MIPS; and an implementation guide for the 2019 QRDA III.
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.