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Alabama Mask Order Extended to March 5

Gov. Kay Ivey has extended the Alabama Safer At Home Order which requires masks to be worn when within 6 feet of someone else. Masks are also required in schools and colleges for employees and students in second grade and above. All other provisions of the health order remain the same. Visit: Alabama mask order extended to March 5 – al.com

Virtual Patient Check-In

Now Available – Enhanced Feature for PatienTXT! Utilize PatienTXT to offer contactless, virtual Patient Check-in to Patients! Send patient reminders via text Once patient confirms their appointment, confirm eligibility and update patient copay with our batch process Choose the day you would like to text the patient the check-in link and send automatically Patient will respond once they have arrived System automatically can ask for patient copay via text if you have MobilePay If patient pays,…
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Reminder: 2020 MIPS Extreme and Uncontrollable Circumstances Exception Application Deadline for COVID-19 has been Extended to February 1, 2021

To provide additional support to clinicians during this time, CMS has extended the deadline to submit a COVID-19 related extreme and uncontrollable circumstances application for PY 2020 to Monday, February 1, 2021 at 8 p.m. ET. For the 2020 performance year, CMS will be using the Extreme and Uncontrollable Circumstances policy to allow MIPS eligible clinicians, groups, and virtual groups to submit an application requesting reweighting of one or more MIPS performance categories to 0%…
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Upcoming 2020 MIPS Deadline – CMS Recommends to Submit an Exception

UPDATED: DEADLINE EXTENDED – 2020 MIPS Extreme and Uncontrollable Circumstances Exception Applications are Due February 1, 2021 For the 2020 performance year, CMS will be using the Extreme and Uncontrollable Circumstances policy to allow MIPS eligible clinicians, groups, and virtual groups to submit an application requesting reweighting of one or more MIPS performance categories to 0% due to the current COVID-19 public health emergency.  If you have any concerns about the effect of the COVID-19…
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CMS Medicare Telehealth Expansion

CMS Expansion of New Telehealth PHE Codes CMS recently announced the expansion of telehealth services that Medicare Fee-For-Service will pay for during the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency. CMS has added 11 new services to the Medicare telehealth services list. Medicare will begin paying for these new telehealth services effective immediately, and for the duration of the PHE. These new telehealth services include certain neurostimulator analysis and programming services, and cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation services. The…
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AL Medicaid PI Program Year 2020 Applications

Alabama’s State Level Registry (SLR) will begin accepting Promoting Interoperability (PI) Program Year 2020 applications on December 1, 2020. All Applications must be submitted by February 28, 2021. Visit the SLR website at https://alslr.thinkhts.com/. Providers must attest to Stage 3 for Program Year 2020. Spec Sheets for Program Year 2020 are available at https://www.cms.gov/files/document/medicaid-ep-2020-table-contents.pdf. For the latest information, visit the agency’s Promoting Interoperability (PI) website at the following link: http://medicaid.alabama.gov/content/2.0_Newsroom/2.7_Special_Initiatives/2.7.2_Meaningful_Use.aspx For questions concerning Promoting Interoperability, contact: Promoting Interoperability DivisionE-mail: Adline.Jackson@Medicaid.Alabama.Gov

Targeted Review Deadline and Provider Relief Fund Phase 3

Today, October 5th, 2020 is the FIRST DAY applications will be accepted for $20 billion in new funding under Phase 3 of the Provider Relief Fund General Distribution allocation. The application portal closes on November 6, 2020 at 10:59 p.m. CST. HHS is encouraging providers to submit their applications as soon as possible to expedite calculation and distribution of payments. For more information please visit: https://www.hhs.gov/coronavirus/cares-act-provider-relief-fund/index.html. REMINDER: Today is also the LAST DAY for MIPS eligible clinicians to request a targeted review from…
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MIPS Targeted Review Deadline is October 5th

If you participated in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) in 2019, you MIPS final score is available for review on the QPP website. This final score determines the payment adjustment you will receive in 2021, with a payment adjustment being applied to the Medicare paid amount for covered professional services furnished by a MIPS eligible clinician in 2021. MIPS eligible clinicians may request CMS to review the calculation of their 2020 MIPS payment adjustment…
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Upcoming MIPS Deadlines & Updates

Attention MIPS Eligible Providers: QPP Website Network Security Update this Fall – Test NOW CMS announced a mandatory update will be applied to the Quality Payment Program (QPP) systems in fall 2020 to increase network security. Any of the following may mean you won’t have access to the QPP website: Windows operating system (7 or 8.1) and Version 11 of Internet Explorer Mac OS and iOS with an outdated version of Safari or Version of Google…
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QPP eCQM Scoring Issue Reported

CMS alerted group practices to a calculation issue that impacts electronic clinical quality measure (eCQM) scoring during the 2020 quality performance year. eCQMs are used in several programs, including the Quality Payment Program. This issue could potentially impact scoring in three specific measures when certain time values are not present in the input data. CMS128v8 Anti-depressant Medication Management CMS146v8 Appropriate Testing for Children with Pharyngitis CMS56v8 Functional Status Assessment for Total Hip Replacement CMS published…
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QPP Website Network Security Update This Fall – Test NOW

CMS announced a mandatory update will be applied to the Quality Payment Program (QPP) systems in fall 2020 to increase network security. Any of the following may mean you won’t have access to the QPP website: Windows operating system (7 or 8.1) and Version 11 of Internet Explorer Mac OS and iOS with an outdated version of Safari or Version of Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, or Microsoft Edge Test your browser access here: https://preview.qpp.cms.gov/login and…
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Provider Relief Fund Application Deadline Extended

The Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) reopened the Provider Relief Fund (PRF) General Distribution portal for certain providers and extended the application deadline to Sept. 13. The portal is reopened for providers who: Did not receive an initial payment that totals approximately 2 percent of their annual patient revenue Received an initial payment, but missed the June 3 deadline to submit their revenue information for additional funds Were ineligible for prior General Distribution…
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