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Take advantage of extra pay for smoking cessation services

It’s not unusual for providers to take a few minutes to counsel patients who smoke about the need to kick the habit. It’s more unusual for them to bill separately for this service, even though it’s covered by Medicare and other payers. In many cases,… Read full entry»

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Healthcare headlines from around the Web

August 28th, 2014 by Scott Kraft

In health headlines from around the Web, Interventional Cardiology gets its own specialty code, specialty groups push for EHR education in medical school and up to a quarter of practices are looking to replace their EHR. Read full entry»

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Modifier AO key to opting out of bundled care initiative

August 27th, 2014 by Scott Kraft

Physicians and non-physician practitioners are able to use modifier AO to opt out of bundled care pay initiative. Read full entry»

CMS Transmittals

CMS Updates for the Week Prior to 8/25/2014

August 27th, 2014 by PitchStone Health Staff

We reviewed all of the 9 CMS transmittals released last week and have summarized the 5 most relevant to physician practices R1260OTN: Affordable Care Act (ACA) Model 4 Bundled Payments for Care Improvement – Implementing Process for Provider Participation Decline This transmittal permits physicians to… Read full entry»

LCD Database Update

LCD Updates for August 11 to August 18

August 27th, 2014 by PitchStone Health Staff

From August 11 to August 18, 15 LCD (Local Coverage Determination) updates took effect: Jump to: CGS | FCSO | Highmark | NGS | Palmetto GBA     CGS L31848: Transthoracic Echocardiography (TTE) PitchStone Summary: Adds ICD-9 code V59.4 (kidney donor) to the list of… Read full entry»

Around the health blogosphere – a look at what health care bloggers are writing about

August 26th, 2014 by Scott Kraft

Urgent care likely to keep growing until physician practices adapt Physicians, especially those in primary care, see the important benefits of the physician-provider relationship. Patients, increasingly, see the value and convenience of urgent care centers when it comes to seeking care. Dr. John Schumann, who… Read full entry»

Hydrocodone to move to schedule II, usage will tighten

August 22nd, 2014 by Scott Kraft

Hydrocodone prescribing rules tightened, preventing refills and called-in prescriptions. Read full entry»


Healthcare headlines from around the Web

August 21st, 2014 by Scott Kraft

Around the web, stories about 4.5 million patient IDs at risk, the perils of physician use of social media and errors impacting the CMS open payments system. Read full entry»

MACs get revised timelines for enrollment applications based on how they’re filed

August 20th, 2014 by Scott Kraft

Enrollment applications have more stringent processing deadlines when submitted using the Web-based application. Read full entry»


CMS Updates for the Week Prior to 08/18/2014

August 20th, 2014 by PitchStone Health Staff

We reviewed all of the 15 CMS transmittals released last week and have summarized the 5 most relevant to physician practices Read full entry»

LCD Updates for August 4 to August 11

August 20th, 2014 by PitchStone Health Staff

From August 4 to August 11, 34 LCD (Local Coverage Determination) updates took effect: Jump to: CGS | FCSO | NGS | Noridian | Palmetto GBA CGS L34404: Lumbar Epidural Steroid Injections (ESI) PitchStone Summary: ICD-9 code 338.18 is added as a payable diagnosis code.… Read full entry»