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Modified: 12/11/2014
This edition provides information on the new timeframe for responding to additional documentation requests and guidelines around the revised enrollment form (855R) to reassign Medicare benefits.
Modified: 11/4/2014
This edition includes an uplifting article regarding a provider’s experience with First Coast's Web tools and information regarding the prepayment medical review audit for CPT codes 99223 and 99233 billed by internal medicine specialty.
Modified: 10/8/2014
This edition includes information regarding the clerical reopening feature available on the 'SPOT' and the October update to the 2014 Medicare physician fee schedule database.
Modified: 9/11/2014
This edition includes information to assist providers with preparations for ICD-10 as well as guidance to help avoid claim denials by utilizing available self-service resources.
Modified: 8/6/2014
The July 2014 edition of Medicare B Connection includes information on a temporary delay in implementing national coverage determination (NCD) 20.8.3 and the interest rate change for payment of claims not paid timely.
Modified: 7/10/2014
This edition includes the results of a widespread probe review for IVIG codes and the proper use of modifier 59.
Modified: 6/9/2014
This edition includes information regarding the contractor requirement to post the negative adjustment limiting charge amounts for electronic health record (EHR) and physician quality reporting system (PQRS).
Modified: 5/8/2014
This edition includes an in-depth article outlining the proper submission of services rendered during a global surgery post-operative period of 0, 10 and 90 days.
Modified: 4/11/2014
This edition includes information regarding the new law "Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014 ."
Modified: 3/12/2014
This edition includes information on getting ready for ICD-10, the indirect payment procedure policy, and the process for entities to register.
Modified: 2/7/2014
This edition includes registration information for ICD-10 testing week, which begins March 3.
Modified: 1/9/2014
This edition includes information on the 2014 update to the clinical laboratory fee schedule and laboratory services subject to reasonable charge payment.
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