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New Medicare Numbers and Cards

New Medicare Numbers and Cards

In May Medicare started sending Medicare recipients their new Medicare cards. The new unique Medicare number or Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI) will replace the current Health Insurance Claim Number (HICN) – patient’s social security number (SSN). All social…

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California Legislation

California Legislation

Last week, there was legislation introduced in California that has the potential to radically reduce both patient care and access, increase out-of-pocket costs, and seriously affect medical care throughout the state. Here are the facts of the bill: This bill could lead…

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2018 GI Changes

2018 GI Changes

2018 GI Changes To receive maximum reimbursement in 2018 for GI cases, it is imperative that you provide as much documentation as possible. Originally CMS and the AMA were following the guidelines outlined below. A colonoscopy that starts as a screening colonoscopy no...

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Anthem Update to Cataract Anesthesia

Anthem Update to Cataract Anesthesia

At the outset. we must correct two misunderstandings about the Guideline. First, the guideline, while published on December 27. 2017 and then revised and re-published on February 1, 2018, has not been implemented and is not yet in effect for our California membership.

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2018 QPP Reporting

2018 QPP Reporting

We are now entering year two of QPP reporting and there are some changes. Since 2017 was considered a “Transition Year”, CMS reduced the reporting requirements to help transition EP’s (eligible professional) into the new QPP program. 2018 reporting requirements will be more comprehensive, and the biggest change for qualified…

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Anthem MAC Anesthesia for Cataract Cases

Anthem MAC Anesthesia for Cataract Cases

California Clients Anthem MAC Anesthesia for Cataract Cases. We have recently received news that Anthem has changed their policy in regard to the Medical Necessity of MAC anesthesia for cataract cases. Anthem states “Administration of moderate sedation, monitored anesthesia care

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