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Modified: 5/25/2017
This edition includes a reminder to prepare for the Medicare beneficiary identifiers, which will replace the Social Security number-based format currently being used.
Modified: 5/18/2017
This edition includes information regarding providers responsibility in updating their enrollment information to reflect changes in ownership; failure to comply could result in revocation of Medicare billing privileges. In addition, find information regarding the 2018 ICD-10 update.
Modified: 5/11/2017
This edition includes information on the updated electronic clinical quality measures (eCQMs) for 2018, which are fully specified and may be used to electronically report 2018 CQM data for CMS quality reporting programs. In addition, find information on an interactive tool to determine whether or not you should participate in the merit-based incentive payment system (MIPS) this year.
Modified: 5/4/2017
This edition includes information on the revised blended fee schedule amount and adjustments for durable medical equipment, prosthetic, orthotics, and supplies (DMEPOS). Also included is information regarding the 2017 outpatient prospective payment system/ambulatory surgical center (OPPS/ASC) final rule with comment period.
Modified: 4/28/2017
This special edition includes proposed fiscal year (FY) 2018 payment and policy changes for skilled nursing and inpatient rehabilitation facilities. Also included is proposed FY 2018 updates to the hospice wage index and payment rates.
Modified: 4/27/2017
This edition includes information regarding merit-based incentive payment system participation in 2017. Medicare administrative contractors will be sending letters out late April through May providing participation status.
Modified: 4/20/2017
This edition includes information regarding the revised CMS-588 and a new email address for questions about the beneficiary notice initiative. Also included is an announcement that April is national minority health month.
Modified: 4/17/2017
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposes 2018 payment and policy updates for Medicare hospital admissions and releases a request for information. The proposed rule seeks transparency, flexibility, program simplification, and innovation to transform the Medicare program.
Modified: 4/13/2017
This edition includes information regarding the April 2017 OPPS Pricer, billing for ambulance transports, the quality payment program (QPP) web-based training course, and information on new and revised Medicare Learning Network publications.
Modified: 4/6/2017
This edition includes information regarding the home health services pre-claim review demonstration pause, announcements of upcoming CMS events, and information on several new and revised Medicare Learning Network publications.
Modified: 4/5/2017
This special edition eNews is provided by home health and hospice MACs and A/B MACs for their provider community regarding the Home Health Pre-Claim Review Demonstration.
Modified: 3/30/2017
This edition includes information regarding billing for stem cell transplants, announcements of upcoming CMS events including two Medicare Shared Savings Program ACO calls, and information on several new and revised Medicare Learning Network publications.
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