1 06, 2020

COVID-19: Using the CR Modifier and DR Condition Code

By |2020-06-01T20:37:42+00:00June 1st, 2020|Legislation, Top Stories|

CMS revised MLN Matters Special Edition Article SE20011 on Medicare Fee-for-Service (FFS) Response to the Public Health Emergency on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) to clarify when you must use modifier CR (catastrophe/disaster related) and/or condition code DR (disaster related) when submitting claims to Medicare. The update includes a chart of blanket waivers and flexibilities that require the modifier or condition code.

29 05, 2020

CMS Special Edition | May 29, 2020

By |2020-05-29T20:52:02+00:00May 29th, 2020|Legislation|

New COVID-19 FAQs on Medicare Fee-for-Service Billing CMS released additional Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on our recent COVID-19-related waivers to help providers, including physicians, hospitals, and rural health clinics. Find more answers to questions on: Outpatient therapy Telehealth and appropriate coding Federally qualified health centers Bookmark this document and check back for additional updates. For More Information: Coronavirus.gov CMS Current Emergencies website

19 05, 2020

House Passes HEROES Act, Opens Debate on Next Phase of Relief Efforts

By |2020-05-20T15:29:55+00:00May 19th, 2020|Legislation|

  AAOS Advocacy in Action Succeeded in advocating for the extension of time for accepting and attesting Paycheck Protection Program funds from 30 days to 45 days. Joined the New York State Society of Orthopaedic Surgeons in urging Gov. Andrew Cuomo to allow ambulatory surgical centers to resume performing medically necessary care.       The Bone Beat New Episode Conversations on health policy issues affecting musculoskeletal care... Intro to the Office of Government Relations Based in Washington, D.C., [...]

19 05, 2020

CMS News Alert | May 19, 2020

By |2020-05-20T15:18:49+00:00May 19th, 2020|Legislation|

As part of the ongoing White House Task Force efforts taken in response to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), following is a summary of recent Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) actions. To keep up with the important Task Force work being done in response to COVID-19, click here www.coronavirus.gov. For information specific to CMS, please visit the CMS News Room and Current Emergencies Website.  CMS updates these resources on an ongoing basis throughout the day; the information [...]

14 05, 2020

CMS News Alert | May 14, 2020

By |2020-05-14T19:58:49+00:00May 14th, 2020|Legislation|

News IPPS and LTCH PPS: FY 2021 Proposed Rule Medicare FFS 2nd Level Appeals: Submission Options Events COVID-19: Office Hours Call — May 14 COVID-19: Lessons from the Front Lines Call — May 15 MLN Matters® Articles Medicare Clarifies Recognition of Interstate License Compacts Extension of Payment for Section 3712 of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision (ICD-10) and Other Coding Revisions to National Coverage Determination (NCDs) - [...]

7 05, 2020

CMS News Alert | May 7, 2020

By |2020-05-07T20:41:29+00:00May 7th, 2020|Legislation|

CMS NEWS ALERT for May 7, 2020 Here is a summary of recent Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) actions taken in response to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), as part of the ongoing White House Task Force efforts. To keep up with the important work the Task Force is doing in response to COVID-19, click here www.coronavirus.gov. For information specific to CMS, please visit the CMS News Room and Current Emergencies Website. CMS updates these resources on [...]

5 05, 2020

May 5, 2020 | COVID Special Edition

By |2020-05-06T19:41:28+00:00May 5th, 2020|Legislation|

  COVID-19 will continue to impact the healthcare system, hospitals, practices, orthopaedic surgeons, and patients for the foreseeable future. To help disseminate the most relevant and current news, the Academy will publish bonus COVID-19-focused editions of Headline News Now each Tuesday and Thursday through the end of May.     Today's Top Story Webinar: New Orthopaedic Training Modalities and Overcoming Barriers to Adoption AAOS Vice Chair of the Resident Assembly Stephanie Stopka Pearce, MD, will speak during a [...]

4 05, 2020

CMS COVID-19 Call Schedule Week of May 4

By |2020-05-04T21:12:53+00:00May 4th, 2020|Legislation|

CMS COVID-19 Stakeholder Engagement Calls – Week of 5/04/20 CMS hosts varied recurring stakeholder engagement sessions to share information related to the agency’s response to COVID-19. These sessions are open to members of the healthcare community and are intended to provide updates, share best practices among peers, and offer attendees an opportunity to ask questions of CMS and other subject matter experts. Call details are below. Conference lines are limited so we highly encourage you to join via [...]

4 05, 2020

COVID Federal and State Updates

By |2020-05-04T14:48:48+00:00May 4th, 2020|Legislation|

HHS Begins Distribution of Payments to Hospitals with High COVID-19 Admissions, Rural Providers The Department of Health and Human Services is processing payments from the Provider Relief Fund to hospitals with large numbers of COVID-19 inpatient admissions through April 10, 2020, and to rural providers in support of the national response to COVID-19. “These new payments are being distributed to health care providers who have been hardest hit by the virus: $12 billion to facilities admitting large numbers [...]

1 05, 2020

Election Information from Secretary of State and Attorney General

By |2020-05-01T17:08:29+00:00May 1st, 2020|Legislation|

Mac Warner on Pandemic election logisticsApril 22, 2020 By Mike Nolting, WAJR On WAJR’s Talk of the Town West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner said all registered voters in the state qualify for an absentee ballot, but you must submit the application. Voters are required to declare which party ballot they are applying for, so they receive the correct one. Warner says county clerks are dealing with an unprecedented amount of applications and preparations for the election. [...]