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Your Payer Contracts: Money Makers or Money Drains?
A 2014 TMA survey of Texas physicians revealed that Texas doctors have a median of six preferred provider organization contracts and one HMO contract, and a majority are contracted with at least one of the five major payers. The question is: Is each of your contracts profitable for your practice?
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Deadlines for Doctors
about upcoming state and federal compliance timelines and key health policy issues that impact Texas physicians.
TMA’s Hassle Factor Log (HFL)
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30-Minute Billing Cure
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to member physicians and their employees at the county society headquarters. Contact your CMS to see when mini-consults will be in your area.
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REMINDER: Novitas Solutions has all new street and post office mailing addresses in Mechanicsburg, Pa. The post office will forward mail addressed to the old Camp Hill, Pa., address, but that may delay delivery. Be sure to send your Medicare-related correspondence to the appropriate post office box and ZIP code. For mailings that can’t go to a PO box, use the new street address: 2020 Technology Pkwy., Ste. 100 Mechanicsburg, PA, 17050.
What are the Payers up to?
Don’t Miss New and Revised LCDs From Novitas
Take a look at these new and revised Medicare local coverage determinations (LCDs) and article updates from Novitas Solutions. Remember, Novitas will reject claims that don’t adhere to LCDs, so be sure to stay abreast of all LCDS — as well as national coverage determinations (NCDs) from Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services — that affect your practice.
Medicare Do’s and Don’ts
The do’s and don’ts in this list may apply to you, depending on your specialty and/or circumstances. Note that some are timely!
SGR Is Gone. Now What? Preparing for Medicare's New Payment Paradigm
Sooner than later, physicians will have to prepare for participation in one of the new quality-focused payment pathways set to replace Medicare's Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula, which Congress eliminated in April via the Medicare and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA).
Payer Roundup, September 2015
In case you missed these — here is a roundup of useful items from health care payment plans’ newsletters and updates, compiled by TMA’s reimbursement specialists. If you have questions about billing and coding or payer policies, contact the specialists at
for help, or call TMA Knowledge Center at (800) 880-7955.
Mandatory Medicaid Reenrollment Is Underway
There's no point in procrastinating: If you enrolled in Texas Medicaid before Jan. 1, 2013, you need to complete a reenrollment by March 24, 2016, to stay in the program.
United's New Reports Target Physician Outliers
If UnitedHealthcare (UHC) identifies you as an outlier among its physicians, you may receive a new type of report from UHC that details tests, procedures, referrals, and/or billing patterns in your practice that may be inconsistent with certain evidence-based medicine criteria.
HHSC Launches Policy Feedback Webpage
The Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) has a new webpage that features a list of proposed Medicaid policy changes.
TMF Offers Help Navigating Medicare Requirements
Physicians looking for free help navigating the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) requirements for the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS), meaningful use, and Value-Based Payment Modifier programs can benefit from three networks from the TMF Quality Innovation Network Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIO).
TMA Says Future Medicare Requirements Are Wasteful, Costly
The Texas Medical Association is "very concerned that many of the compliance, documentation, and reporting requirements that will be implemented in the future Medicare system are wasteful, costly, and do little or nothing to improve care quality or increase efficiency," TMA President Tom Garcia, MD, told the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).
PQRS: Last Day to Preview Your PQRS Performance Scores Before They Go Public
The last day to preview your PQRS performance scores before they go public is 11/16/2015.
Chronic Care Management: The Patient Agreement
Securing a patient’s informed and written consent is an important part of the Medicare Chronic Care Management Services program. Medicare requires it, and you’ll be sure your patients understand how it works.
Tell CMS What You Think of MACRA
If you'd like to weigh in on the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA), now is your chance. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has extended the comment period for the Request for Information for MACRA. The comment period, which was originally 30 days and scheduled to close on Nov. 2, 2015, will now close on Nov. 17, 2015. TMA and the American Medical Association urged CMS to extend the comment period to allow physicians the opportunity to offer more thoughtful and meaningful comments.
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