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12/11/2017
Incorporate new guidance contained in the 2018 Correct Coding Initiative (CCI) policy manual to accurately report on a range of coding topics — including modifier 59 (Distinct procedural service), immunizations and debridement services — and stay in compliance with CMS’ policies next year.
12/11/2017
In his first confirmation hearing before the Senate Committee on Health, Education Labor & Pensions (HELP) on his nomination to be secretary of Health and Human Services, Alex Azar was often vague and even evasive as to policy specifics, but he did indicate he would cleave to the Republican line on the Affordable Care Act, women’s health and other health policy issues.
12/11/2017
In a Nov. 28 provider call, CMS said its Meaningful Measures program would lead to no new, revised or deleted reporting measures for 2018 — but it will affect the way measures are created after that.
12/11/2017
Be prepared for more scrutiny if your practice performs ancillary services such as metabolic panels, X-rays or physical therapy. A variety of ancillary services are defined as designated health services (DHS) under the Stark physician self-referral law and can trigger costly penalties.
12/11/2017
Before sending a final bill for President Donald Trump to sign, the U.S. House and Senate must work to reconcile versions of tax overhaul bills they recently passed.
12/11/2017
Give yourself a pat on the back for work well done. By and large, practices that reported multiple procedures on the same date of service performed admirably in 2016, according to a Part B News analysis of recently available Medicare claims data.
12/11/2017
You'll find training opportunities on a range of issues, from vaccine coding and billing to understanding how and when to use an advance beneficiary notice.

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