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Register Today for our June Webinars!

June 17 @ 11:00 am – 11:30 am OBGYN Clinical Tools and Solutions: WebinarLearn about WebChart easy to use and efficient OB/GYN tools. Click here to REGISTER for the OBGYN: June 17th webinar! June 30 @ 11:00 am – 11:30 am 2021 MIPS Webinar2021 is almost half-way over! Evaluate how your providers are performing on measures under this year’s MIPS requirements. Also learn more about the 2021 performance year MIPS Promoting Interoperability Performance Category Hardship…
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2021 MIPS Promoting Interoperability Performance Category Hardship Exception

Attention MIPS Eligible Providers: The 2021 Performance Year MIPS Promoting Interoperability Performance Category Hardship Exception and Extreme and Uncontrollable Circumstances Exception is now OPEN. Submit your applications to CMS by December 31, 2021. For more information visit the MIPS Promoting Interoperability Performance Category Hardship Exception and Extreme and Uncontrollable Circumstances Exception QPP webpages and link to the application. ATTENTION: For the 2020 Performance Year CMS is reweighting the MIPS Cost Performance Category from 15% to 0%. This performance year affects 2022…
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ADPH (ImmPRINT) Emergency Maintenance Friday, April 30th

Attention MediSYS clients, ADHP (ImmPRINT) will have an emergency maintenance -temporary web services outage for ImmPRINT production and Pilot (pre-production) tomorrow, Friday April 30th, 2021 from 7:00am –12:00pm CST. During this maintenance window, ADPH requests that you hold all HL7 Immunization messages to ImmPRINT. ADPH will send an all-clear message when the maintenance window is complete.

2021 AL AAP Spring Meeting & Pediatric Update

Join us April 22-24 for the 2021 AL-AAP Spring Meeting & Pediatric Update at the Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort! For more details visit: https://www.alaap.org/upcoming-meetings/2021-spring-meeting-pediatric-update-8st9b-4z5mc-6r5ad-8ekbk

AL Medicaid Deadline to Submit Promoting Interoperability is August 31, 2021

Attention Medicaid Providers: The Alabama Medicaid Promoting Interoperability (PI) Program will soon begin accepting Program Year (PY) 2021 applications. Program Year 2021 is the FINAL year or the PI Program. The Alabama State Level Registry (SLR) will OPEN on Thursday, July 1, 2021 at 8:00 a.m. CST to receive ONLY MU attestation enrollments for PY 2021. The FINAL date to submit applications is August 31, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. CST. December 31, 2021 is the statutory deadline for issuing…
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Congress extends 2% Medicare sequester moratorium through the end of 2021

On April 13th, 2021, Legislation was passed by Congress that extended the current 2% Medicare sequester moratorium established by the CARES Act through December 31, 2021. The previous expiration date was March 31, 2021. CMS had previously instructed all MACs to hold all claims with dates of service beginning April 1st for a short period of time as not to interfere with cash flow, in anticipation of possible Congressional action to extend the 2% sequester…
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Repayment of Medicare Accelerated and Advance Payment Program loans could begin in April

In 2020, CMS expanded the Medicare Accelerated and Advance Payment Program (AAP) which made it available to most Medicare physicians. Due to COVID-19, the AAP Program provided loans to applicants facing financial hardships based on historic Medicare billing. Repayment of AAP loans begins one year from the date the payment was issued. This means repayment for some could begin in early April 2021. A provider may repay their accelerated or advance payment at any time…
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Information Blocking Compliance Date is April 5, 2021

The ONC Cures Act Final Rule implements interoperability requirements to empower patients with their health care, and access to information is key to making that happen. ONC defines information blocking as a practice by a health IT developer of certified health IT, health information network, health information exchange, or health care provider that, except as required by law or specified by the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) as a reasonable and necessary activity, is likely…
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2020 MIPS Deadlines for March 31, 2021

Attention MIPS Eligible Providers: Tomorrow, March 31, 2021 8:00 PM ET, is the LAST day to apply for the 2020 MIPS Extreme and Uncontrollable Circumstances Exception. Tomorrow, March 31, 2021, is also the LAST day to submit 2020 MIPS performance year data. For more information please visit the QPP website. As an additional COVID-19 flexibility, CMS is applying the MIPS automatic extreme and uncontrollable circumstances (EUC) policy to all MIPS eligible clinicians for the 2020 performance period.  What does this mean…
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2021 Quality Measure Updates – BCBS of AL

There are updates to the Quality measures for primary care, pediatric and OB-GYN providers in 2021. New to the program are star weights which are noted below. A measure with a 3 or 2 star weighting is weighted more heavily in a provider’s overall Quality score compared to a measure that is weighted a 1 star. Value-based payment first quarter scoring and open/closed gaps in care will be accurately displayed in the Patient Management Resource on…
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BCBS of AL – Inappropriate Billing Related to COVID-19

Visit AlabamaBlue.com/providers/coronavirus for the latest information: Through the use of advanced analytics and data mining, concerning trends have been identified over the past year related to testing and vaccinations for COVID-19 and telehealth visits. Additionally, Blue Cross continues to receive many complaints from members regarding inappropriate billing and unnecessary care.  Blue Cross will audit these trends and complaints to ensure appropriate application of our member’s benefits for medically necessary services. Patient interviews may be conducted as well to verify services rendered….
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