Medical Billing Blog

ICD-10 on the Radar Screen

Posted by Scott Shatzman on Fri, Feb, 06, 2015 @ 07:02 AM

With the approaching deadline for enactment of an SGR fix, the similarities to last year’s situation has not been lost on many people when it comes to the possibility that Congress will once again step in to delay the October 1, 2015 effective date for adoption and use of ICD-10 codes.  

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SGR is the Top Healthcare Issue for Congress in 2015

Posted by Scott Shatzman on Thu, Feb, 05, 2015 @ 08:02 AM

According to several Congressional leaders, preventing a 21% cut in Medicare Physician Fee Schedule payments in 2015 under the flawed Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula remains the top healthcare priority for Congress this year. The latest SGR cut is scheduled to take effect when the current short-term patch expires at midnight on March 31st

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Health Subcommittee Holds Hearing to Improve Medicare Oversight

Posted by Scott Shatzman on Mon, May, 12, 2014 @ 09:05 AM

On April 30th, the House Committee on Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health held a hearing to solicit input from the HHS Inspector General’s office (OIG), CMS and the Government Accountability Office (GAO) on ways to improve Medicare oversight and reduce waste, fraud and abuse. Gloria Jarmon, Deputy Inspector General for Audit Services, Office of Inspector General, testified on behalf of HHS; Shantanu Agrawal, M.D., Deputy Administrator and Director, Center for Program Integrity, testified on behalf of CMS; and Kathy King, Director, Health Care testified on behalf of GAO.

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SGR Update: March 28th House Edition

Posted by Scott Shatzman on Fri, Mar, 28, 2014 @ 10:03 AM

Yesterday, by a voice vote, the House of Representatives passed legislation postponing the 24% physician fee schedule cut slated to take effect on April 1, 2014.  However, the legislation went well beyond just temporarily fixing the SGR problem, it also made a number of other changes that will have long-lasting implications.  A listing of those changes is at the end of this message.

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SGR Update: March 27th - House Edition

Posted by Scott Shatzman on Fri, Mar, 28, 2014 @ 07:03 AM

Permanent 'Doc Fix' May Be On Hold As House Passes Short-Term Patch

MARY AGNES CAREY:  Welcome to Health on the Hill. I’m Mary Agnes Carey. 

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