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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
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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has finalized proposals that will remove excessive paperwork tied to outdated billing practices while saving time and money for beneficiaries.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.
Modified: 10/15/2018
This article provides information on new Medicare card mailings for Waves 7 and 5 states and additional resources from CMS.
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.
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.
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