From CMS.Gov The National Physician Payment Transparency Program (OPEN PAYMENTS) is intended to create greater transparency around the financial relationships of manufacturers, physicians, and teaching hospitals. OPEN PAYMENTS will require the following information to be reported annually to CMS: Applicable manufacturers of covered drugs, devices, biologicals, and medical supplies to report payments or other transfers [...]
A nearly 30% cut in Medicare physician payments was averted on Jan 1 when the House of Representatives passed H.R. 8 the American Taxpayer Relief Act, also known as the Middle Class Tax Relief Act. Previously the Senate approved the package on a vote of 89-8. The following health provisions were included in the package: [...]
CMS to begin audits of physicians and practices that have attested to meaningful use of an EHR under the Medicare and Medicaid incentive programs.
Medicare open enrollment is currently underway, so now is the best time to remind your patients before they enroll in a Medicare or Medicare Advantage plan that Medicare Advantage plans do not cover everything and may include substantial out-of-pocket expenses. Patients need to do their homework before selecting a plan so that they are aware [...]
CMS Releases 2012 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule With 27.4% Decrease VIA Michael Cassidy’s MedLawBlog The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today issued a final rule with comment period that updates payment policies and rates for physicians and nonphysician practitioners (NPPs) for services paid under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) in calendar year [...]