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  • CMS’ Verma Visiting and Listening to Healthcare Providers

    Seema Verma, administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is on a national whistle-stop tour to listen to physicians and other healthcare professionals. She began her tour at Hartford Hospital in Connecticut Monday, Oct. 16. FierceHealthcare said she spoke with doctors, the Connecticut Medical Society, and other local health leaders about developing more […]... Read more »

  • How Do Your Physicians Compare?

    The Physician Compare preview period began Oct. 18 and ends Nov. 17. Now is the time for physicians to review their profiles for accuracy before they are made public. Misinformation could cost your practice dearly. Check the Basics General information given on the Physician Compare website for physicians enrolled in Medicare includes: Name Medical specialties Contact information Medicare […]... Read more »

  • How Small Practices Can Increase Revenue

    Virtual groups will allow more clinicians to participate in MIPS to earn incentive payments. Clinicians who were ineligible to participate in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) in 2017 will have a better chance of qualifying in 2018. Although the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has proposed to increase the low-volume threshold, they’ve also […]... Read more »

  • E/M Generally Isn’t Separately Reported with Wound Care

    Generally, wound care involves assessment and management of the wound, cleansing of the wound, simple debridement, and removal and reapplication of the wound dressings. In most cases, it is inappropriate to report an E/M service in addition to a wound care service (e.g., debridement, application of an Unna’s boot, etc.); however, if during the wound […]... Read more »

  • Don’t Overlook Obstetric Panel Alternative

    Obstetric panel code 80081 is identical to 80055, with one exception: 80081 includes HIV testing. Required components for both codes include: Blood count, complete (CBC), and automated differential WBC count (85025 or 85027 and 85004) OR Blood count, complete (CBC), automated (85027) and appropriate manual differential WBC count (85007 or 85009) Hepatitis B surface antigen […]... Read more »

  • Medicare Open Enrollment – New Features make Shopping for 2018 Coverage Easier!

    By Seema Verma, Administrator, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Each October, as the days grow shorter, time seems to speed up. Maybe it’s because we start planning for the looming holidays or begin bracing for the cold winter, but before we know it we’re saying goodbye to one year and ringing in a new one. That’s why it’s important to set aside some time between now and early December to think about your 2018 healthcare needs by shopping for high-quality Medicare health and drug plans during Open Enrollment. Medicare Open Enrollment kicked off on October 15 and will run through... Read more »

  • Las Nuevas Tarjetas de Medicare Ya Llegarán Pronto

    Por: Seema Verma, Administradora de los CMS Como podría haber escuchado ya, o quizás ya vio un comercial de televisión, los Centros de Servicios de Medicare y Medicaid pronto emitirán a cada beneficiario de Medicare una nueva Tarjeta de Medicare, sin números de Seguro Social, para prevenir el fraude, mantener seguros los fondos de los contribuyentes, y para asegurar que siempre ponemos las necesidades de los pacientes primero. Desafortunadamente los criminales están cada vez más interesados en las personas de 65 años o más para el robo de identidad médica, incluso cuando alguien usa ilegalmente el número de Medicare de otra persona.... Read more »

  • New Medicare Cards are Coming Soon

    By:  Seema Verma, CMS Administrator As you may have heard, or perhaps you’ve seen a recent TV commercial, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will soon be issuing every Medicare beneficiary a new Medicare Card, without Social Security Numbers, to prevent fraud, fight identity theft, and keep taxpayer dollars safe, and to help ensure that we always put the needs of patients first. It’s unfortunate that criminals are increasingly targeting people age 65 or older for medical identity theft, including when someone illegally uses another person’s Medicare number. An identity thief may bill Medicare for expensive services that were never provided... Read more »

  • The true strength of our healthcare system is its people

    By Seema Verma, Administrator for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services As a wife and mother, my family’s health is always foremost on my mind. That is why a recent personal experience will forever shape the impact I want to have while serving as Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Earlier this month, while at an airport with our two children, my husband collapsed and went into cardiac arrest. He’s home now and his prognosis is excellent. However, if it weren’t for the courageous bystanders who administered CPR and the dedicated medical professionals at the Hospital of the... Read more »

  • National Minority Health Month: Bridging Observance and Action to Achieve Health Equity

    By Cara V. James, PhD, Director, CMS Office of Minority Health  Each April we observe National Minority Health Month. This year’s theme is, Bridging Health Equity Across Communities. This theme acknowledges the important role that social determinants of health play in individual and community well-being. It also evokes action and activity  around health equity. For it is not enough for us to simply observe National Minority Health Month and share statistics on long-standing health and health care disparities. We should strive to move the needle by reducing these disparities and improving health care quality and outcomes for all. As this National Minority... Read more »