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Had you forgotten about the new patient relationship category modifiers unveiled in the 2018 Medicare physician fee schedule? CMS hasn't. The five new modifiers are still out there and still voluntary. But expect Medicare to shift to mandatory reporting of the modifiers soon as part of the cost portion of the merit-based incentive payment system (MIPS).
 

Our friends at the Nelson Hardiman law firm in Los Angeles alert us to a warning the DEA sent out in March about scammers who prey, not on vulnerable seniors, but on doctors.

In case you were thinking federal investigators would never be interested in your therapy claims, here are three practices from today's HHS OIG website that would likely disagree.
A conviction for health care fraud isn’t the only criminal penalty that awaits someone involved in Medicare fraud. Theft of government property is another possibility, a recent Department of Justice (DOJ) press release reveals.
The number of employed physicians surpassed those operating private practices for the first time on record, and a generational shift is underway among younger generations: Only 30% of physicians under the age of 40 are self-employed.

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