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Issue #133 - September 16, 2009
AAPC EdgeBlast

PBSI Administers TriSpan Medicare Part A Claims
TriSpan Health Services — the Medicare Part A fiscal intermediary (FI) for Louisiana and Mississippi under subcontract with Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) — is ending its Medicare fee-for-service program administration agreement effective Sept. 30.

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MPFSDB October Update Brings More Changes
In the last EdgeBlast issue, we reported that HCPCS Level II codes for the H1N1 vaccine and Bevacizumab injection were recently added to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Database (MPFSDB), but you should also note other important changes this year’s October update holds in store.

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Two Jurisdictions Begin V5010 Implementation
Medicare Parts A and B Medicare Administrative Contractors (A/B MACs) for jurisdictions 10 and 14 have been instructed to begin implementing Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Version 5010. This will affect all physicians, providers and suppliers who bill these two A/B MACs.

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Noridian Educates Through Workshops
Noridian Administrative Services LLC (NAS) will be conducting two educational workshops geared toward durable medical equipment (DME) suppliers.

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BCBS Settlement Finalized, Checks Mailed
The final appeal in the Love vs. Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) settlement was dismissed on June 19, finalizing the settlement. BCBS began sending checks July 22 to physicians who filed valid claims, reports Coding News.

The BCBS settlement resulted in a payout to physicians of roughly $131 million.

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OIG Questions Wheelchair Supplier Payments
In 2007, Medicare reimbursement for power wheelchairs far exceeded durable medical equipment (DME) supplier acquisition costs, according to an Office of Inspector General (OIG) report.

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Coding Tips
Prepare for the H1N1 Vaccine Rush
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Jurisdiction 9 MAC Posts New LCDs
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CROW Boot Coding Guidance
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NGS Updates Abdominal and Pelvic Ultrasound LCD
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UnitedHealthcare Makes Fourth-Quarter Policy Changes
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Precision is Key With Flu Vaccine Claims
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Medical News

Discharge Summaries Poor Source for Follow-up Care
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Do You Have an EMR Story?
Do any of you have a story to tell about the purchase of an EMR system for your practice? How long did it take to install? How much did it cost? Was it easy to use? Has it accomplished what you wanted? Are your physicians seeing the same, more or less patients per day since? Do the physicians like it? Wed love to hear from you! Please send your stories directly to reed.e.pew@aapc.com

Test Yourself Online
The Test Yourself questions can be accessed online at www.aapc.com/testyourself/. Once you go there and take the test, you can automatically grade your answers, correct any mistakes, and have your CEUs automatically added to your CEU Tracker for submission.

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