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Medical practices in Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee will be saying goodbye to one Medicare administrative contractor (MAC) and welcoming a new one after the calendar flips to 2018.

MedPAC makes a bold recommendation for the merit-based incentive payment system (MIPS): Get rid of it.

If lately you've been wondering what's been made of a proposed rule that was supposed to change Part B drug payments in the fall of 2016, don't fret about your cognitive state. You didn't suffer a bout of amnesia; the proposal died quietly at some point during the rule-making process and CMS officially cleared it from the books Oct. 3.
You'll find the American College of Physicians (ACP) in full support of significantly overhauling the documentation guidelines for E/M services, an initiative that CMS said it would be undertaking in the near future.

On the heels of two similar settlements, a Baltimore health system has settled a case for $122,928 in which it was accused of getting the doctors whose practice it had acquired to bill established patients as if they were new, inflating their charges.


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