Many health insurers in Texas are waiving patient costs associated with COVID-19. Last week in a news release, Gov. Greg Abbott and the Texas Department of Insurance asked insurers and HMOs to cover testing consistent with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance, and telemedicine visits.
Medicare Coverage and Payment Related to COVID-19 (CMS, March 5, 2020)
FAQs to Assist Medicare Providers With Billing and Coding for COVID-19 Testing (CMS, March 6, 2020)
Medicare: Coverage and Payment Related to COVID-19 (CMS, March 23, 2020)
CMS Offers More Flexibility, Financial Stability for COVID-19 Care
Flexibilities to Fight COVID-19 (CMS, March 30, 2020)
Federal Register: Medicare and Medicaid Programs: Policy and Regulatory Revisions (HHS, March 24, 2020)
COVID-19 Medicare Enrollment Relief FAQs
Medicare Telemedicine Fact Sheet
CMS Adult Elective Surgery and Procedures Recommendations
Go to the TMA COVID-19 Resource Center
To help Texas physicians safely and effectively treat patients during the COVID-19 pandemic, several changes to telemedicine visits have taken effect, including payment for services and which platforms can be used.
President Donald Trump’s recent executive order on Medicare includes scope-of-practice language that is raising concerns among Texas physicians – including the president of the Texas Medical Association.
The data submission period for Medicare’s 2019 Quality Payment Program (QPP) is under way and closes on March 31. If you haven’t started the process, now is the time to ensure your data for the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) is in order and submit it in time to make corrections by the deadline, if needed.
Unless the federal government increases physicians’ Medicare payments and overhauls Medicare’s hassle-laden Quality Payment Program (QPP), access to health care for millions of American seniors and people with disabilities “is at risk,” the Texas Medical Association told Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma.
Have you talked to your patients about voluntary advance care planning? Did you know that Medicare will pay for those discussions as either a separate Part B medically necessary service or an optional element of a patient’s annual wellness visit?
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If a patient is a Medicare beneficiary, can you bill Medicare for the routine task of drawing a blood sample? The answer: It depends.
Exactly two months ago, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services unveiled a massive package of proposed new rules for the Medicare program with the promise that it would “increase the amount of time that doctors and other clinicians can spend with their patients by reducing the burden of paperwork that clinicians face when billing Medicare.”
New Railroad Retirement Board Medicare cards are in the mail, and new Medicare cards for Texans will “mail soon,” according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Here are three things to know about the new cards and the new Medicare Beneficiary Identifier.
The Low-Down on Looking Up Medicare MBIsNow that Medicare has begun replacing patients’ Health Insurance Claim Numbers (HICN) with the Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI), you might be wondering how you’ll find those MBIs.
On Their Way: New Medicare Patient ID Numbers The New Medicare Card project is part of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) and requires CMS to remove the Social Security number from Medicare cards out of concerns over identity theft.
Medicare-Eligible TRS Retirees Move to New Humana Health PlanIf you were contracted with Humana MA, you will be paid your contracted rates. If you were not contracted with Humana and you elect to see patients covered under the new TRS-Care MA plan, Humana is required to pay you the Medicare-allowed amount.
Can’t Say It Enough: Document, Document, DocumentWhen Medicare delves into claims errors, one stands out above the rest: insufficient documentation.
Medicare Adds Telemedicine CodesThe newly adopted 2018 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule has added a few new codes to the list of telehealth services Medicare will cover.
Ten Services You Can Bill Medicare for Separately From a Surgical Procedure See which services fall outside “normal,” so you can bill Medicare for them separately from that surgical procedure.
How to Identify Dual-Eligible Patients You must accept as payment in full the Medicare payment and Medicaid payment for services you provide to a patient enrolled in the Qualified Medicare Beneficiary (QMB) program.
Ways to Avoid a Medicare AppealNovitas Solutions reports receiving 1.7 million requests per year to correct minor errors or omissions of Medicare claim information.
Medicare Revalidation: It Begins Again Medicare provider enrollment revalidation has entered phase two. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has completed its initial round of revalidations under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and will be resuming regular revalidation cycles — for physicians, that generally means revalidation every five years.
Hospice Certification Form How-toUnclear about exactly what information a Medicare hospice certification or recertification form must contain? CMS offers guidance on essential elements the form must have.
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More than ten million Medicare beneficiaries currently receive their Medicare coverage through Medicare Advantage (MA); a program in which Medicare contracts with and pays private health plans to provide coverage for Medicare benefits.