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Hurricane Ida Added to Automatic Extreme and Uncontrollable Circumstances Policy for MIPS

FEMA has designated Hurricane Ida as a major disaster. In response, CMS has determined that the automatic extreme and uncontrollable circumstances (EUC) policy will apply to Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) eligible clinicians in FEMA-designated disaster areas of Louisiana, Mississippi, New York, New Jersey, and Missouri. MIPS eligible clinicians in these areas will be automatically identified and receive a neutral payment adjustment for the 2023 MIPS payment year. During the data submission period for the 2021 performance period (January 3,…
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Biden-Harris Administration to Expand Vaccination Requirements for Health Care Settings

New action will protect patients of the 50,000 providers and over 17 million health care workers in Medicare and Medicaid certified facilities. The Biden-Harris Administration will require COVID-19 vaccination of staff within all Medicare and Medicaid-certified facilities to protect both them and patients from the virus and its more contagious Delta variant.  Facilities across the country should make efforts now to get health care staff vaccinated to make sure they are in compliance when the rule takes…
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First COVID-19 Vaccine Receives Full FDA Approval

After detailed review of clinical trials, the FDA advises that the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is safe and effective in preventing serious illness caused by COVID-19, and is fully approved for ages 16 and older. Emergency use authorization continues for those ages 12 to 15, as well as an additional dose for select immunocompromised individuals. For more information visit: https://www.fda.gov/news-events/press-announcements/fda-approves-first-covid-19-vaccine

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and CDC plans booster shots for the COVID vaccine in the fall

On Wednesday, August 18, 2021, HHS and CDC announced that beginning in the fall (as early as September 2021) COVID-19 vaccine booster shots of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines will become available for all adults. Officials say that adults 18 years and older who received the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines will be eligible for a booster dose eight months after their second dose. For those adults that received the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine, it…
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COVID-19 Vaccines Additional Doses: Codes & Payment

The FDA amended the emergency use authorizations (EUAs) for both the Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine and the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to allow for an additional dose in certain immunocompromised people. Effective August 12, 2021, CMS will pay to administer additional doses of COVID-19 vaccines consistent with the FDA EUAs, using CPT code 0003A for the Pfizer vaccine and CPT code 0013A for the Moderna vaccine. CMS will pay the same amount to administer this additional dose as they did for other doses of…
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2021 APM Incentive Payment Details Available

CMS previously published 2021 Alternative Payment Model (APM) Incentive Payment details on the Quality Payment Program (QPP) website. To access this information, clinicians can now log in to the QPP Website using your HARP credentials. You can now log in to the QPP website to see the amount and the organization paid for both the 10-digit National Provider Identifier (NPI) and the organization. What Do I Need to Do in Order to Receive the APM Incentive…
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Patient Portal and New Patient Registration

Our patient portal allows patients and clinicians to communicate freely, anytime. With WebChart portal, patients can quickly and easily add/update their personal health records, review medical information, appointments, and so much more New Patient Registration Portal for electronic completion of forms/questionnaires (i.e. HIPAA, demographics, billing, health history, etc.) Family portal access Practice branding using clinic logo, colors, welcome image, custom message ticker, etc. Consent form completion with renewal intervals Patients can: Complete questionnaires/forms Schedule and access…
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NEW provisional CPT administrative code for potential third dose of Pfizer vaccine

AMA announced on August 4th that the Current Procedural Terminology (CPT®) code set has been updated by the CPT Editorial Panel to include a new administration code that is unique to a potential third dose of the current COVID-19 vaccine offered by Pfizer. The provisional CPT code will be effective for use on the condition that a third dose shot of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine receives regulatory approval or authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration…
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New Medicaid IDs effective August 1st

New Medicaid ID cards, with a new Medicaid number that starts with 530, will be effective on August 1, 2021. According to Alabama Medicaid, patients should present both Medicaid cards to providers. Guidelines from Alabama Medicaid to assist with eligibility verification/claims submission during this transition: All information for the previous Medicaid ID and the new Medicaid ID are being combined to allow providers to use either the previous card or new card for eligibility verification…
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Patient Text Messaging

MediSYS PatienTXT MediSYS provides built-in tools designed specifically for medical practices to allow for less contact between patients and staff. Your clinic can connect quickly and efficiently with patients to confirm appointments and/or collect patient balances via text message. Simpler processes for the patient and financially better results for you. With studies showing a 98% open rate of text messages, your practice will save time, money and speed revenue turnaround utilizing patient text – PatienTXT….
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COVID-19 Public Health Emergency extended through October 20, 2021

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) once again renewed the public health emergency (PHE) for COVID-19, effective July 20, 2021. The renewed PHE will end 90 days after its effective date on Monday, Oct. 18, 2021, unless it is extended further. The extension will continue all telehealth waivers and other flexibilities pursuant to this determination. The Biden Administration has indicated that it intends to continue renewing the COVID-19 PHE at least for the remainder of…
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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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