How you can Maximize Patient Collection at time of Service?

Collecting from patients is one of the more challenging tasks of practice management. For the financial sustainability of your practice, you must make a concerted effort to collect co-payments, coinsurance, deductibles, and amounts for services not covered by insurance. You will receive more patient collections if you try and collect at the time of service […]


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Broadening Telehealth Coverage for Medicaid and CHIP

Trump Administration on 23rd April 2020, released a new toolkit for states to help accelerate the adoption of broader telehealth coverage policies in the Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Programs (CHIP) during the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. This release builds on the agency’s swift actions to provide states with a wide range of tools […]


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Medicare Increases Payment for High-Production Coronavirus Lab Tests

This announcement made by CMS-Rulings on 14th April 2020. CMS-Rulings provide clarification and interpretation of complex or ambiguous statutory or regulatory provisions relating to Medicare, Medicaid, Utilization and Quality Control Peer Review, private health insurance, and related matters. This Ruling articulates CMS policy concerning the designation and payment of certain clinical diagnostic laboratory tests related […]


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Maximizing Support to Medicaid and CHIP during COVID-19

Trump Administration on 22nd April 2020, released new tools to strip away regulatory red tape and unleash new resources to support state Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Programs (CHIP) during the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Because of the President’s bold action in declaring COVID-19 a national emergency, CMS now has a full suite of […]


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CMS Guidance for Laboratories during COVID-19 Emergency

CMS is committed to taking critical steps to ensure America’s clinical laboratories are prepared to respond to the threat of 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) and other respiratory illnesses to ensure reliable testing as well as ensuring patient health and safety. CMS is issuing this guidance to laboratory surveyors to provide important guidance to surveyors and […]


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Re-opening Facilities to Provide Non-Emergent Non-COVID-19 Healthcare

Facilities to Provide Non-emergent Non-COVID-19 Healthcare The United States is experiencing an unprecedented public health emergency from the COVID-19 pandemic. Healthcare facilities in some areas are stretched to their limits of capacity, and surge areas have been needed to augment care for patients with COVID-19. To expand capacity to care for these patients and to […]


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Adult Elective Surgery and Procedures Recommendations during COVID-19

To aggressively address COVID-19, CMS recognizes that the conservation of critical resources such as ventilators and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is essential, as well as limiting exposure of patients and staff to the SARS-CoV-2 virus. The following recommendations are guidance to limit non-essential adult elective surgery and medical and surgical procedures, including all dental procedures. […]


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Prior authorization (PA) Policy Changes related to COVID-19

The information Prior authorization and guidance provided in this document are believed to be current and accurate at the time of posting this article. Major Medical Insurance Plans Plan Effective Date(s) Policies Aetna Check the Aetna COVID-19 Communications Update for state-specific information and detailed requirements 3/25/20 – 5/6/20 Transfers: Initial PAs waived in the following […]


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Medicare Fee-for-Service (FFS) Billing for COVID-19 Specimen Collection

As part of the Public Health Emergency (PHE) for the COVID-19 pandemic and in an effort to be as expansive as possible within the current authorities to have diagnostic testing available to Medicare beneficiaries who need it, in the interim final rule with comment period, CMS is changing the Medicare Fee-for-Service (FFS) Billing rules during […]


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