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2017 Medicare Deductible

CMS announced on 11/10/2016 that the Medicare Part B deductible will be $183 compared to $166 for 2016

Medicare EHR Attestation

In case you have not seen it anywhere else from Centers for Medicare Services (CMS)...

"Review the 2016 Medicare EHR Incentive Program Requirements. In 2016, the EHR reporting period is a minimum of any continuous 90 days between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016. There is also a 90-day reporting period for CQMs for providers that choose to report CQMs by attestation. The EHR Incentive Programs attestation system will be open from January 3, 2017 to February 28, 2017. Providers must attest by the attestation deadline to avoid a 2018 payment adjustment. In preperation for attestation, CMS encourages providers to review the 2016 program requirements webpage on the EHR Incentive Programs Website."

OIG Releases 2017 Work Plan

The Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) released its FY 2017 Work Plan, which describes OIG audits and evaluations, and certain legal and investigative initatives that are new or ongoing in FY 2017. According to the work plan, in FY 2017 and beyond, among other items, OIG will focus on Medicare payments for:

  • Transitional Care Management

  • Chronic Care Management

  • Sleep Disorder Codes 95810 & 95811

  • Physician Home Visits

  • Prolonged Services

  • Power Mobility Devices

  • Ambulance Services

Click for a copy of the OIG Work Plan

Medicare G0179 & G0180

Just a reminder that billing these two codes requires at least 60 days from the previous date. Billing sooner results in payment denial.

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