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- OIG releases 2014-2018 strategic plan and top management issues
The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) has released their strategic plan for 2014-2018 and their list of top management issues facing the Department of Health and Human Services. Read on to learn more about what their plan entails.
- Reminder: Medicare Benefit and Policy Manual Updated
On November 29, CMS issued a transmittal stating in accordance with the Jimmo v. Sebelius Settlement Agreement, CMS has agreed to issue revised portions of the relevant chapters of the program manual used by Medicare contractors, in order to clarify coverage of skilled nursing and skilled therapy services.
- Q&A: Are there changes for skin substitute reporting in 2014?
Q: Are there any changes for skin substitute application reporting for 2014? We are hearing rumors that there are a lot of changes this year.
- CMS proposes new meaningful use Stage 2 deadline
CMS recently proposed a new Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Program timeline that extends meaningful use Stage 2 through 2016. The revised timeline also pushes out the start date for meaningful use Stage 3 for eligible providers who have completed at least two years of attestation in Stage 2, according to an announcement on the CMS website.
- Q&A: Can we still report a modifier for device credits?
Q: Will we need to continue appending the modifier when we receive credit for a device from the manufacturer in 2014? We have pacemakers and other devices that are recalled and replaced on occasion and we struggle to get the modifier appended before the claim is billed.
- CMS finalizes changes to packaged services and E/M coding for clinic visits
CMS finalized changes to packaged services and evaluation and management (E/M) CPT® codes for clinic visits with the much-anticipated November 27 release of the 2014 OPPS final rule. The good news is that CMS did not finalize all of the controversial changes to packaged services and E/M CPT codes. The bad news is that despite a delay in releasing the final rule, most of the changes are still effective January 1, 2014.