Author: PMB

Solving the Need for Telemedicine Billing Solutions During COVID-19

Before the global pandemic, who could have imagined a world where medicine shifted paradigms virtually overnight. While government officials and health leaders urged patients to stay at home, medical professionals struggled to continue providing quality care to their dedicated patients. It certainly expedited the timeline to expand medical practice adoptIon of telehealth services. Prior to […]

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3 Important Characteristics of Quality Medical Billing Companies

Physicians, medical practice owners, home health agencies, and hospice groups experienced a tremendous amount of stress during the COVID-19 pandemic. There were so many new challenges to navigate, especially as it relates to how to provide patient care. These challenges likely impacted your ability to focus on revenue cycle management, billing processes, dealing with insurance […]

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CMS Announces New Model Opportunity for Medicaid Managed Care Organizations Serving Beneficiaries Dually Eligible for Medicare and Medicaid

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation is announcing a new opportunity to enable Medicaid Managed Care Organizations (MCOs) to better serve enrollees who are dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid. This new Model opportunity is the first CMS initiative designed to harness the power of Medicaid MCOs […]

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Final Policy, Payment, and Quality Provisions Changes to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule for Calendar Year 2021

On December 1, 2020, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule that includes updates on policy changes for Medicare payments under the Physician Fee Schedule (PFS), and other Medicare Part B issues, on or after January 1, 2021. The calendar year (CY) 2021 PFS final rule is one of several […]

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Permanent Expansion of Medicare Telehealth Services and Improved Payment for Time Doctors Spend with Patients Finalized

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the annual Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) final rule, prioritizing CMS’ investment in primary care and chronic disease management by increasing payments to physicians and other practitioners for the additional time they spend with patients, especially those with chronic conditions. The rule allows non-physician practitioners to provide […]

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UPDATED: Emergency and Disaster Instructions

When a natural disaster, extreme weather or emergency occurs that affects providers and the Medicare beneficiaries that they serve, special emergency-related policies and procedures may be implemented. For detailed information on these policies and procedures, please see the following resources: For information when an applicable 1135 waiver   (PDF, 346 KB) has been granted For information on […]

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CMS Announces Historic Changes to Physician Self-Referral Regulations

On November 20, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized changes to outdated federal regulations that have burdened health care providers with added administrative costs and impeded the health care system’s move toward value-based reimbursement. The Physician Self-Referral Law, also known as the “Stark Law,” generally prohibits a physician from making referrals to […]

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Preview 2021 Plans and Prices Ahead of the Upcoming Federal Health Insurance Exchange Open Enrollment Period

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that starting today consumers can preview 2021 healthcare plans and prices on HealthCare.gov. This is an opportunity for consumers to compare coverage options ahead of Open Enrollment for the Federal Health Insurance Exchange, which officially kicks-off on November 1. As in previous years, window shopping allows […]

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