In Billing
Nov 2nd, 2011
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released the 2012 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) rates final rule.  The payment rate adjustment is effective for services delivered on or after January 1, 2012.  As you will note, the announced rate reflects a 27.4 percent SGR downward adjustment.  This downward adjustment is slightly less ...
In Billing
Nov 2nd, 2011
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released, Nov. 1, a sneak peek at the final rule with comment period that will update payment policies and rates for physicians and nonphysician practitioners (NPPs) for services paid under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) in 2012. For the 11th consecutive year, physicians face deep, across-the-board cuts ...
Sep 29th, 2011
The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) wants to use mobile phones to improve public health. “The department has been actively exploring means to capitalize on the rapid proliferation of mobile phone technology and platforms, such as text messaging, to develop programs and/or partnerships with the overall aim of improving public health outcomes,” ...
In Billing
Aug 25th, 2011
By Jackie Stack, CPC, CPC-I, CEMC, CFPC, CIMC, CPEDC The smoking cessation codes have sparked a lot of attention lately. Yes, you really can bill for these services, but not every payer will reimburse you. Let’s look at the codes and descriptor requirements. Note that if you counsel the patient for fewer than three minutes, ...