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MLN Connects®

Modified: 8/16/2018
This edition includes information regarding available handouts for your Medicare patients who did not receive their Medicare cards. Also included is information regarding the "Pathway to Success" proposed rule that would strengthen beneficiary engagement, ensure rigorous benchmarking, and help improve care for Medicare beneficiaries.
Modified: 8/9/2018
This edition includes a reminder that vaccines are not just for kids and resources for providers to help protect patients from scam artists that may try to obtain their new Medicare number. Also included are links to MLN Matters® articles related to change requests 9953, 10559, 10839, 10858, 10871, 10880, and 10899.
Modified: 8/3/2018
This edition provides information regarding a proposed rule that if finalized is projected to save patients $150 million in lower copayments for clinic visits provided at off-campus hospital outpatient department and provide patients more options on where to obtain care.
Modified: 8/2/2018
This edition includes an August 22 listening session to discuss the physician fee schedule proposed rule, which will address three key topics. This edition also includes payment policy changes for skilled nursing and inpatient rehabilitation facilities.
Modified: 7/26/2018
This edition provides information regarding a proposed rule that if finalized is projected to save patients $150 million in lower copayments for clinic visits provided at off-campus hospital outpatient department and provide patients more options on where to obtain care.
Modified: 7/26/2018
This edition includes instructions for using the Medicare administrative contractor’s Medicare beneficiary identifier (MBI) look-up tool and information about non-compliance letters mailed or being mailed to facilities determined to be out of compliance with the respective quality reporting program for 2017.
Modified: 7/23/2018
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: 7/19/2018
This edition announces for those who participated in the merit-based incentive payment system (MIPS) in 2017, that MIPS final scores and performance feedback is available for review.
Modified: 7/13/2018
This edition provides information about 2019 proposed changes to various payment policies in an effort to modernize Medicare. These proposals included the advancement of virtual care and lowering drug prices. Providers are also being given the opportunity to comment on their responsibilities for adhering to "price transparency."
Modified: 7/12/2018
This edition includes information on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) proposed changes to the payment rules for Durable Medical Equipment Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies (DMEPOS) and the End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) program.
Modified: 7/12/2018
This edition provides a reminder that the wave 1 mailout of new Medicare cards to those who live in Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia is complete.
Modified: 7/5/2018
This edition announces the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) new data element library, which provides resources on CMS post-acute assessment contents in one location.
Modified: 7/3/2018
This edition includes information on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) proposed changes to the Home Health Prospective Payment System (PPS) that CMS says will strengthen and modernize Medicare and advance the Trump administration’s Meaningful Measures Initiative.
Modified: 6/28/2018
This edition announces the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) new data element library, which provides resources on CMS post-acute assessment contents in one location.
Modified: 6/26/2018
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: 6/21/2018
This edition includes information regarding the new Medicare cards that may have a QR code, which will help contractors ensure the right card goes to the right person when the card is printed.
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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