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APCs Insider, April 11, 2014

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CMS releases revised 2014 update for clinical laboratory fee schedule and laboratory services
On March 28, CMS issued a transmittal that provides instructions for the revised 2014 clinical laboratory fee schedule.
Effective date: January 1, 2014
Implementation date: June 30, 2014 
View Transmittal R2916CP
View MLN Matters® article MM8695.
CMS updates CORE 360 uniform use of CARC and RARC Rule
On March 28, CMS issued a change request that instructs the contractors and shared system maintainers to update the CORE 360 uniform use of Claim Adjustment Reason Codes (CARC) and Remittance Advice Remark Codes (RARC) Rule. The attachment shows the CORE code combination updates based on code updates published on February 1, 2014. 
Effective date: July 1, 2014 (unless otherwise specified, the effective date is the date of service)
Implementation date: July 7, 2014 
View Transmittal R1363OTN.  
View MLN Matters article MM8651.
Participation rises in Medicare quality reporting and electronic incentive program 
On April 3, CMS issued a press release regarding the 2012 Physician Quality Reporting System and Electronic Prescribing Experience Report, showing a significant increase in participation in two key programs that allow eligible professionals to earn incentive payments through voluntary participation. 

View the press release.

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