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October 19, 2014
Medicare covers an Annual Wellness Visit (AWV) providing Personalized Prevention Plan Services (PPPS). Medicare covers the AWV for beneficiaries who are not within the first 12 months of their first Part B coverage period and have not received an Initial Preventive Physical Examination (IPPE) or AWV...
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January 21, 2014
Health insurance was always a major issue in the US. As of January 1, 2014 more than 1million people, that never had insurance before, are now covered by health insurance plans. WCH Facebook WCH Twitter
October 28, 2012
   2013 brings big coding changes for prescribers and non-prescribers alike.  On the psychiatry front, perhaps the most notable change is the elimination of the med-management code 90862.   The 908XX psychiatric code series (90807 and 90817, for example) which covered therapy with medical management...
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July 30, 2012
Starting October 1, 2012, claims for patients who meet or exceed $3,700 in therapy expenditures will be subject to a manual medical review. For outpatient therapy services that exceed $3700 there will be an advanced approval process that will be implemented in three distinct phases. Providers will b...
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May 6, 2012
Massachusetts-based Harvard Pilgrim has started paying patients $10 to $75 each time they get medical tests at a lower cost provider.Under Harvard Pilgrim's SaveOn program, when members get referrals from their doctors, they can call the insurer's "clinical concierge" line that directs them to hospi...
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May 6, 2012
Kaiser Permanente   Kaiser Permanente of Colorado hopes a new incentive--cold, hard cash--will motivate people to lose weight. Although other insurers have offered similar programs, Kaiser is one of the first to make a weight loss program available to all adult members, the Associated Press reports....
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May 6, 2012
Aetna   Aetna has acquired Healthagen, the company that developed mobile app iTriage, which provides information about medical issues and finds nearby providers or health facilities."We're going to begin to change the healthcare industry by giving people tools they can put in the palm of their hand,...
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May 6, 2012
Blue Shield   Blue Shield of California is paying $2 million to settle allegations that it improperly stopped covering members when they became sick and required expensive treatment.The insurer decided to settle a 2008 suit, in which the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office alleged Blue Shield's recis...
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May 6, 2012
National Government Services12/28/11    National Government Services will deactivate the telephone line and e-mail box that are currently used for Clinical Education effective July 1, 2011. Providers who direct messages to this e-mail box or phone line on or after July 1 will not receive a response,...
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May 6, 2012
   The Office of E-Health Standards and Services (OESS) announced on November 17, 2011, that although the 5010/D.0 compliance date of January 1, 2012 will not change, HIPAA enforcement of compliance with the standards will be deferred until March 31, 2012.The 5010 versions of the institutional and p...
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May 6, 2012
 National Government Services 01/04/12      Are you looking for more information on the Provider Enrollment revalidation effort? The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has recently added to their list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) specific to the revalidation effort. Here are just...
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May 6, 2012
National Government Services 01/04/12    Suppliers of the technical component of Advanced Diagnostic Imaging that are billing with a service date on or after Sunday, January 1, 2012, must evidence an active accreditation date for diagnostic imaging of current procedural terminology (CPT) codes attac...
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May 6, 2012
   INTERNET 12/30/2011   The Temporary Payroll Tax Cut Continuation Act of 2011 (H.R. 3765) signed by President Obama on December 23, 2011, provides for a 60-day delay in the 27.4% cut in Medicare physician reimbursement scheduled to take effect on January 1, 2012. Despite the “delay”, your fee sche...
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May 6, 2012
  INTERNET - 9/8/2011 National Government Services, Inc. is currently conducting a service-specific prepayment review for Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy Services being performed by specialties other than Specialty 65 (Physical Therapist bi...
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May 6, 2012
Congress passed a bill to delay a scheduled 27% cut in Medicare payments by 10 months, and the president released his 2013 proposed budget, which requests a slight increase for health programs.Congress Passes SGR DealThe House of Representatives voted 293-132 late Friday morning to pass a compromise...
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