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Take steps to manage your cash flow better early in 2015

It's the beginning of the year -- time to redouble your efforts to improve your collections. Read full entry»

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News from Around the Web

January 19th, 2015 by Scott Kraft

In this week's news from around the web, top healthcare concerns for 2015, a Mississippi doctor who works out of a car is under fire and barriers to implementation of EHR systems that persist. Read full entry»

CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner resigns; Slavitt named acting administrator

January 16th, 2015 by Scott Kraft

Marilyn Tavenner, the CMS administrator who oversaw the launch of the federal health care exchange under the Affordable Care Act, and took heavy criticism for its bug and delay-plagued rollout, resigned as CMS administrator on Jan. 16. In announcing her departure, Sylvia Burwell, current Secretary… Read full entry»

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Second pneumococcal vaccination now separately payable by Medicare

January 12th, 2015 by Scott Kraft

Medicare policy will now permit all patients to receive two distinct pneumococcal vaccines. Read full entry»

LCD Updates for December 22 to December 29

January 12th, 2015 by PitchStone Health Staff

From December 22 to December 29, 5 LCD (Local Coverage Determination) updates took effect: Jump to: CGS | Palmetto GBA     CGS L34457: Drugs of Abuse Testing PitchStone Summary: Revised LCD updated to reflect new CPT/HCPCS codes for billing drug testing in 2015. Effective… Read full entry»

LCD Updates for December 15 to December 22

January 12th, 2015 by PitchStone Health Staff

From December 15 to December 22, 19 LCD (Local Coverage Determination) updates took effect: Jump to: CGS | FCSO | NGS | Palmetto GBA   CGS L31860: Cataract Extraction PitchStone Summary: Annual review of the LCD, no changes were made Effective 10/17/2011 Updated 12/19/2014 CGS… Read full entry»

CMS Updates for the Week Prior to 01/05/2015

January 12th, 2015 by PitchStone Health Staff

Pitchstone Health has reviewed the 4 transmittals released the week of January 5, 2015, and analyzes the 3 most relevant to physician practices:   R202BP: Modifications to Medicare Part B Coverage of Pneumococcal Vaccinations Implements revised coverage policy for pneumococcal vaccine that makes patients eligible… Read full entry»


CMS Updates for the Week Prior to 12/29/2014

January 12th, 2015 by PitchStone Health Staff

Pitchstone Health has reviewed the 10 transmittals released the week of December 29, 2014, and analyzes the 4 most relevant to physician practices: R109MSP: Electronic Correspondence Referral System (ECRS) notification regarding Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and ICD-10 changes Revises the definition of spouse to… Read full entry»

What you need to know about ICD-10-CM testing

January 6th, 2015 by Scott Kraft

Barring any last minute Congressional intervention, we’re now less than 10 months away from the changeover to ICD-10 diagnosis coding, set for Oct. 1, 2015. As part of its preparation, Medicare will allow practices to submit test ICD-10 claims to determine whether or not they… Read full entry»


News from around the web

January 6th, 2015 by Scott Kraft

In this week's news from around the Web, patients to get first dibs during appeals backlog, Medicaid enrollment is on the rise even in states that didn't expand coverage and CMS hands patients new data to help them select providers. Read full entry»

LCD Updates for December 8 to December 15

December 31st, 2014 by PitchStone Health Staff

From December 8 to December 15, 21 LCD (Local Coverage Determination) updates took effect: Jump to: CGS | FCSO | Highmark | Palmetto GBA     CGS L31836: Chemotherapy and Biologicals PitchStone Summary: Adds hypercalcemia ICD-9 code for use when billing Denosumab. Effective 12/1/2014 Updated… Read full entry»