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In Part B News this week we talk about sexual harassment policies and procedures for the medical practice in the age of #MeToo. If you want to know more about how to get yours in shape, check out this Q&A with Audrey Mross, a former HR executive turned employment lawyer and partner at the Dallas-based firm Munck Wilson Mandala. 

CMS has called on providers to solve problematic balance billing issues for patients enrolled in the qualified Medicare beneficiary (QMB) program, yet a key part of the puzzle -- identifying a patient's coinsurance deductible amounts -- appears to be plaguing certain payers.
 

Face the facts about your patient-facing status, MIPS-eligible clinicians. CMS has released the list of the 5,702 codes that qualify as patient-facing services and procedures in 2018.

It's a familiar scenario: A provider is accused of letting unqualified, improperly supervised employees perform services and billing for their work. It is a scenario we associate with small practices, not a large health system with multiple locations and — one assumes — a robust compliance policy.

According to an email from WPS GHA, some practices forgot to take a very important step at the start of the year -- and the omission could be costing them money.

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