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May, 2015

What Radiology Practices Need to Know About the New CMS Updates to the ICD-10 Guidelines

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The grace period during which Medicare would not impose penalties for less-than-specific coding under ICD-10-CM* is expiring on October 1, 2016.  The change from ICD-9 to ICD-10 diagnosis coding that took place on October 1, 2015 was a major adjustment for most physicians and their practice staff.  The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recognized some of the difficulties that were going to be faced in the transition, and in response they issued a document of guidance describing certain ‘flexibilities’ that would initially be allowed. On August 18, 2016, […]



Apr, 2015

CMS Issues Its Proposed 2017 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Rule

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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued its proposed revisions to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) for 2017, thus beginning the annual cycle of review, comment, planning and preparation that goes along with this release.  Missing from this year’s proposed rule are provisions related to the Medicare quality reporting programs (PQRS, VM, MU-EHR*) that have been a large part of the rule in recent years.  These programs are being phased out and replaced in 2017 by the Quality Payment Program (QPP) as mandated under MACRA, the Medicare Access […]