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On October 9, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced proposed changes that seek to modernize and clarify the regulations that interpret the Physician Self-Referral Law (the Stark Law) and the Federal Anti-Kickback Statute. The proposed rule has been designed to provide greater certainty for healthcare providers participating in value-based arrangements and providing coordinated care for patients. The proposed changes are intended to ease the compliance burden for healthcare providers across the industry while maintaining strong safeguards to protect patients and programs from fraud and abuse.
The American College of Radiology (ACR) is seeking help in its efforts to urge Congress to stop CMS from implementing proposed changes to the Evaluation and Management (E/M) Codes that could result in severe cuts to radiology.
Humana has published its latest medical claims payment policy updates, including its reimbursement policy for ambulance transportation, requirements for billing and documentation of observation services, as well as a new policy for obstetric billing, including antepartum, delivery and postpartum care.
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In a letter to the House Ways and Means Committee, Chairman Richard Neal has proposed that the Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS), the U.S. Labor and Treasury Department, along with other interested parties, consolidate their efforts to develop standards for rates for surprise bills.
The president, on October 3, signed an executive order directing the Department of Health and Human Services to increase efforts to provide more insurance plan options under Medicare Advantage and to remove regulations that are considered burdensome to health care providers. The order is intended to protect traditional Medicare and private Medicare Advantage while ramping up alternative payment models, time spent with patients, access to innovative technology and reducing the regulatory burdens on providers.
By Joe Laden, Vice President of Client Management All billing companies and in-house billing operations provide a package of standard reports. They are generally financial reports designed to report cash flow and illustrate the performance of the billing entity However, data collected for billing can provide a wealth of information for the practice beyond the…
A U.S. District Judge has overturned a CMS rule that had reduced Medicare reimbursement rates for off-campus hospital clinic visits.
In a recent report, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) determined that payments for outpatient Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) did not comply with Medicare billing requirements. Specifically, hospitals billed separately for complex stimulations when they were performed as part of IMRT planning. Overpayments occurred because hospitals are unfamiliar with or misinterpreted CMS guidance.
By Jeanne A. Gilreath, CHBME, Senior Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer One of the many programs CMS has implemented to help providers identify billing issues is the Targeted Probe and Educate (TPE) audit program. It is designed to identify providers with high denial rates or unusual billing practices according to CMS. If a provider is…
Effective July 1, Aetna will require prior authorization for certain procedures under its Enhanced Clinical Review Program with eviCore healthcare.
Effective September 1, UnitedHealthcare (UHC) will add a new policy for molecular pathology and will make changes to its procedure to modifier policy.
Beginning July 1, Aetna will require authorization for its enhanced clinical review program with eviCore healthcare for certain outpatient radiation therapy services.
CMS has posted a notice for physicians, hospitals, and other providers billing Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) to ensure the payment window edits are bypassed when processing claims for donor post-kidney transplant complications services.
On August 7, CMS finalized the decision to cover Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved Chimeric Antigen Receptor T-cell (CAR T-cell) therapy, which is a form of cancer treatment that uses a patient’s own genetically-modified immune cells to fight disease. FDA-approved CAR T-cell therapies are approved to treat some people with specific types of cancer – certain types of non-Hodgkin lymphoma and B-cell precursor acute lymphoblastic leukemia.
CMS announced, on July 2, that it finalized its national coverage policy for Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring (ABPM), extending coverage of blood pressure monitoring devices to all Medicare beneficiaries suspected of reporting abnormal blood pressure levels when administered in clinical settings.
CMS, on June 21, issued several new or updated frequently asked questions documents on the Bundled Payments for Care Improvement (BPCI) Advanced Model, an Advanced Alternative Payment Model launched last October that will run through 2023.
Aetna has released updates regarding how the insurer will handle certain ambulatory surgical center (ASC) and ambulatory payment classification (APC) code edits under the ASC and APC payment methodologies.
Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield (Anthem) recently notified members of the upcoming changes to its Anthem Plan Fee Schedules, scheduled to take place July 1.
In a notice to the Office of Management and Budget, CMS requested approval to collect public feedback on possible changes to the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems survey (HCAHPS).