CMS to Release Comparative Billing Report on Advanced Diagnostic Imaging


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Topic CMS to Release Comparative Billing Report on Advanced Diagnostic Imaging
Background Comparative billing reports (CBRs), produced by SafeGuard Services under contract with CMS, contain actual data-driven tables and graphs with an explanation of findings that compare a practitioners' billing and payment patterns with those of their peers located in their state and across the nation. These reports are not available to anyone except the practitioners who receive them. These reports are an example of a tool that helps practitioners better understand applicable Medicare billing rules and improve the level of care they furnish to their Medicare patients. For more information and to review a sample of the Advanced Diagnostic Imaging CBR, visit the CBR Services website at www.CBRservices.com, or call the SafeGuard Services’ Provider Help Desk, CBR Support Team, at (530) 896-7080.
Regulating Body Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)
Compliance Date 2/16/2012
Consequences There are no consequences if practitioners ignore this issue, as information is provided as reference only.
Next Steps To prepare for compliance, practitioners should use CBRs to evaluate the practice's billing patterns compared with those of their peers, and they should consider a medical chart review.
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