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5 Ways Physician Practices Can Prepare for the Affordable Care Act (ACA)

Is Your Medical Practice Ready for the Affordable Care Act? With election season in full swing, there’s been a lot of speculation about what will happen to the Affordable Care Act (ACA)–commonly referred to as Obamacare–if Mitt Romney is elected President. In truth, because the ACA is an Act of Congress, there islittle that any President can do to overturn the law. Since it’s likely here to stay, physicians should plan ahead to adapt their practices. Here are five things Continue Reading

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Coding for the H1N1 Swine Flu Vaccine

Medical Billing Tips Audio PodcastCoding for the H1N1 Swine Flu Vaccine Episode 1 This episode of Medical Billing Tips helps physicians and medical billers to bill for the H1N1 Swine Flu Vaccine. The use of code 90470, 90663 and Medicare G codes G9141 and G9142 are discussed. Check with your insurance carriers, Medicare and Medicaid for specific billing requirements.

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Certified Electronic Medical Records EHR Coming this Fall

Authorized Testing and Certification Bodies Named to Certify EHRs As of Monday August 30, 2010 the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has named the inital two companies that have been selected as Authorized Testing and Certification Bodies (ATCBs) to certify Electronic Health Records (EHR), CCHIT and the Drummond Group Inc. They have been authorized to test and certify EHRs for compliance to the certification criteria that was issued by the Department of Health and Human Continue Reading

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Meaningful Use Requirements Final Rule is a Massive 864 Pages

Meaningful Use Requirements Final Rule is Out The final rule for meaningful use was just realeased by the Department of Human Services HHS, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services CMS. It is a masive 864 page document that includes both a core set and menu set of objectives that are specific to eligible professionals and hospitals.  There are still a total of 25 meaningful use objectives but now for Eligible Providers you need to only complete 20 objectives to qualify for the Continue Reading

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CMS Tells Medicare Contractors to Hold Claims

Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services Released the Following Statement: On June 25, 2010, President Obama signed into law the “Preservation of Access to Care for Medicare Beneficiaries and Pension Relief Act of 2010.”  This law establishes a 2.2 percent update to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) payment rates retroactive from June 1 through November 30, 2010.  The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has directed Medicare claims administration contractors to discontinue processing claims at the negative update rates Continue Reading

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Looking for the Meaning of Meaningful Use

What is Meaningful Use? Confused about the “meaningful use” component of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act’s stimulus program? Well, no wonder. The definition is still in development, even though incentive payments are supposed to begin as early as October 2010 for hospitals. Payments to other “eligible professionals who are meaningful EHR users” are scheduled to begin in January, 2011. To back it up a bit, for those who haven’t had time to scour the scads of government documents, in Continue Reading

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