Jul 9th, 2015
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule on July 8 to establish relative value units (RVU) for 2016 for the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS). The proposed rule also updates various payment policy and quality provisions for services furnished under the MPFS on or after Jan. 1, 2016. Legislative Changes ...
Jun 23rd, 2015
As a result of changes made by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA), valid opt-out affidavits signed on or after June 16, 2015 will automatically renew every two years. Physicians and practitioners who file affidavits effective on or after June 16, 2015 who do not want their opt-out to automatically renew at the end ...
In CMS
May 27th, 2015
Regulations that Do Not Improve Patient Care This is part three of a four-part series. In the pursuit of their careers, physicians are taught to assume responsibility for peoples’ lives and to make decisions with the goal of best patient outcomes. The mind of a physician is constantly prioritizing and classifying patient information in an effort ...
In Coding
Apr 15th, 2015
The Senate burned the midnight oil late last night, approving legislation to repeal the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula. The bill passed 92-8 and without reference to an ICD-10 delay, giving further momentum towards the Oct 1, 2015 implementation deadline and creating increased urgency for those still preparing for the new medical code set, ...