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If you think you could get your MIPS reporting for 2017 done if only CMS would give you a few more days to do it, good news — they have.
Triage, a medical device used to diagnose heart issues, didn't work -- and its maker, Alere, charged with selling it anyway, just settled with the U.S. Department of Justice for $33.2 million.
The Balanced Budget Act of 2018 contains good news for anesthesia practices in 52 localities. The law raises the practice work geographic practice cost index (GPCI) to 1.000 in the 52 localities, which will in turn lift the locality-adjusted conversion factor for anesthesia services, and the increase will be retroactive to Jan. 1.

Investigators and prosecutors continue to use their coding knowledge to wring big settlements from practices. These tactics have left four physician practices poorer by an average of $218,465, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for Maryland announced on March 16.


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