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Issue #146 - April 7, 2010
AAPC EdgeBlast

SGR Postponement Efforts Continue
No further Congressional action was taken to spare physicians a 21 percent Medicare payment cut, which technically went into effect March 31. For the second time this year, however, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) instructed contractors to hold all claims paid under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) received on or after April 1 for 10 business days — theoretically extending the zero percent (0%) payment update until April 14.

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Health Care Reform Provision Implementation Begins
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has begun to implement certain provisions in the health care reform bills President Obama signed into law in March. Medicare fee-for-service provisions in the bills have varying effective dates, but several require immediate attention.

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Health Reform Timeline Complicated, Ambitious
The health care reform bill and its accompanying reconciliation package are complicated and include an ambitious timeline. USA Today provides an interactive timeline that boils down the 2,700-plus pages into easy-to-understand dates. While many provisions start in 2010 (including an immediate tax on tanning salons), various provisions won’t kick in until 2018.

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How Doctors and Hospitals Fare in HCR
What does the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (HR 3590) and the Health Care and Education Affordability Reconciliation Act (HR 4872) — both signed into law by President Barack Obama in March — mean to the health care service industry? Overall, doctors, hospitals, insurers, and pharmaceutical companies stand to benefit, says Kaiser Health News staff writer Phil Galewitz. Read an excerpt from Galewitz’s article:

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How HRC Presently Affects Your Patients
By now, every American has probably heard that President Obama signed into law March 23 the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (HR 3590). As this bill is approximately 2,700 pages long, however, it’s doubtful anyone has yet read it cover to cover. Your patients, of course, will expect you to know how this health care reform affects them. To spare you the daunting task of reading the expansive legislation, the American Medical Association (AMA) has summarized how the bill will impact your patients this year.

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Bullet by Bullet: Health Reform Impacts All
AAPC received a bullet by bullet summary of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (health reform bill) from Washington. This comprehensive review helps answer many questions about the new law’s scope.

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Donald Berwick is Obama’s Likely Pick to Head CMS
Word on the street is that President Barack Obama will probably nominate Donald Berwick, MD, MPP, to relieve acting Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) administrator Charlene Frizzera. Dr. Berwick is a nationally known researcher on health care quality and patient safety and president of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI).

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CMS Begins Version 5010 Testing
If you receive the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Transmittals in your e-mail inbox, you already know that Version 5010 testing is well underway.

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Extra Time for Paper Enrollment Applications
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) made changes in provider timeliness standards for physicians, non-physician practitioners (NPPs), and other suppliers who submit paper Medicare enrollment applications to carriers and Part A and Part B Medicare Administrative Contractors (A/B MACs).

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CAHs Get a Year Reprieve from Supervision Requirements
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is instructing all of its Medicare contractors not to evaluate or enforce the supervision requirements for therapeutic services provided to outpatients in critical access hospitals (CAHs) from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 this year.

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Med Societies Urge Restraint, Changes for "Meaningful Use"
A letter of comments sent by 96 specialty and state medical societies urges the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to reconsider some aspects, saying the Stage 1 electronic health record (EHR) incentive program is too aggressive.

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Coding Tips
CCI v16.1 Holds Many Surprises, Some Good
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Get a Load of ASP Drug Pricing Files for 2nd Qtr.
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Changes to Tests, CLIA for Medicare
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PET NaF-18 Now Covered Under Clinical Study
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Account for Specimen Collection Travel Expenses
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Facial Injections Covered for HIV Patients
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Denied ICD Claims Worth Another Look
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Meet Signature Requirements for Medical Review
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ICD-10 Keeps You in High Demand
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Medical News

FDA Alert: High-Dose Zocor Increases Risk of Injury
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Mayo’s Photos Part of Error Prevention
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Featured Items
SGR Postponement
Health Reform Begins
Health Reform Timeline
Faring in HCR
HCR Affect on Patients
HCR Impacts All
CMS Nomination
5010 Testing
Paper Enrollments
CAH 1-Year Reprieve
Meaningful Use
Coding Tips
Medical News
Test Yourself Online
Coding Job Links

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