Apr 27th, 2017
Not sure if your physician practice is eligible to participate in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS)? No worries: The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is reviewing claims and letting practices know which clinicians need to take part in MIPS. In late April through May, practices will get a letter from the Medicare administrative contractor that ...
In CMS
Apr 25th, 2017
More than half of the patient encounters at Kaiser Permanente, the west-coast based healthcare system, are online, according to their CEO, Bernard Tyson. Speaking at at Nashville meeting reported by Health Dive, Tyson told the group that 52 percent of the more than 100 million patient encounters at Kaiser take place remotely.  The visits, which deal ...
In Billing
Apr 24th, 2017
Telehealth is growing in popularity and scope. Most local markets have facilities or patient groups seeing patients via the internet. But there are so many facets to telehealth and reimbursement is relatively recent. How do you make sure the online service provided is reimbursable? Here are 5 tips that will help you be reimbursed: Be ...
In Billing
Apr 21st, 2017
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently posted three new resources to its Quality Payment Program Educational Resources webpage: MIPS Participation Fact Sheet: This fact sheet answers basic questions about eligibility in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). Fact: “Clinicians who are not included in MIPS now, may choose to voluntarily submit data individua...
Apr 20th, 2017
The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) extended the Medicare-dependent, Small Rural Hospital (MDH) program, but like previous statutes before it, only temporarily. Beginning Oct. 1, 2017, the MDH program will no longer be in effect. The Effect on Hospitals The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) explains in the 2018 ...