Author "Brad Ericson"

By Brad Ericson
Aug 8th, 2017
Last  year, 700,000 veterans made approximately 2 million telehealth appointments at Veterans Affairs (VA) hospitals and other facilities, the agency said. To enhance access to care, the VA rolled out two new initiatives. Appointments  at Hand In an ...
By Brad Ericson
In CMS
Aug 7th, 2017
Medicare still plans to mail new Medicare cards to all beneficiaries, beginning April 2018. The change is being made to assign random identifiers to members to replace the Social Security numbers used now. Because of the scope of the change—millions o...
By Brad Ericson
In Billing
Jul 19th, 2017
The Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) proposed rule for 2018 includes a change in the 340 B program payment rate for certain Medicare Part B drugs purchased by hospitals, and it asks for comment. The Centers for Medicare & Med...
By Brad Ericson
In CMS
Jul 17th, 2017
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the proposed policy and rate changes for the Hospital Outpatient, Ambulatory Surgical Center Payment Systems.  Commonly called OPPS and ASC, these systems are updated annually and the pro...
By Brad Ericson
In Audit
Jul 10th, 2017
A Detroit-area medical biller was recently sentenced to 50 months in prison for helping with a $7.3 million Medicare and Medicaid fraud scheme where services were billed but not rendered. Dawn Bentley, 56, of Oakland County, Michigan, was also ordered...