Q/A: Can I Tell a Medicare Patient Which Option to Check on the ABN?

Question
My patient seemed confused about which of the options they should check. Can I just tell them which one they should check?
Answer
No! That could be construed as coercion. The official instructions state “Under no circumstances can the notifier decide for the beneficiary which of the 3 checkboxes to select.”
Now, this …

Q/A: Can you Help me Understand the New Medicare Insurance Cards?

As many of you are aware, CMS began issuing new Medicare identification cards last year which required the replacement of social security numbers with a new Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI). All cards have now been mailed out and patient’s should have the new cards when they come in. Currently, we are in the transition period until January 2020.

Date of Service Reporting for Radiology Services

Providers need to ensure that they are reporting radiology dates of service the way the payer has requested. Unlike other many other professional services which only have one date of service (DOS), radiology services can span multiple dates. Medicare requirements may differ from professional organization recommendations.

CMS Finalizes Major Changes to ACO Program

Back in August of 2018, as part of the Medicare Shared Savings Program (Shared Savings Program), CMS proposed some sweeping changes for Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs). There has been some controversy over these changes which require ACOs to move to two-sided models. In this Final Rule which was scheduled to be published in the Federal Register …

Chiropractic Manipulative Treatment and Medicare – Part 2

In this CE webinar, Dr. Gwilliam will continue his discussion from the webinar delivered Dec. 18 about chiropractic manipulative treatment. But this time, it is all about Medicare. If you don’t treat Medicare beneficiaries, you should probably listen anyway. Usually whatever Medicare wants is the same thing as all the other payers. Find out the difference between acute, chronic, and maintenance, as well as when to use certain modifiers.

Medicare Reviews

Medicare continues to increase their efforts to review doctors and recover “overpayments”. This increases the likelihood that your notes will be reviewed and that you will be required to pay money back to Medicare. In this webinar Dr. Short will show you:
 Why you should appeal every adverse decision.
 How to appeal adverse decisions.
 What information you need in your documentation for an effective appeal.
 How to structure your appeals to be most effective.