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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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CMS Acts to Spur Innovation for America’s Seniors

Today the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the Medicare Coverage of Innovative Technology (MCIT) (CMS-3372-P) proposed rule, which would provide Medicare beneficiaries access to the latest medical technology faster than ever. Under current rules, FDA approval of a device is followed by an often lengthy and costly process for Medicare coverage. The MCIT proposal would eliminate this lag time for both seniors and innovators. It would create a new, accelerated Medicare coverage…
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Appropriate Use Criteria (AUC) testing period extended through 2021

CMS announced on Aug. 10, 2020 that the Appropriate Use Criteria (AUC) educational and operations testing period will be extended through 2021. As a result, there are no payment consequences associated with the AUC program and instead CMS encourages providers to use 2021 to learn, test, and prepare. For more information please visit: https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Quality-Initiatives-Patient-Assessment-Instruments/Appropriate-Use-Criteria-Program

2019 MIPS Performance Feedback and Final Score Now Available

Attention MIPS Eligible Providers: CMS released the 2019 Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) performance feedback and final scores. If you submitted data for the 2019 performance period, you can view your MIPS performance feedback and final score on the Quality Payment Program website. Login to the QPP Website using your HCQIS Access Roles and Profile (HARP) system credentials; these are the same credentials that allowed you to submit your 2019 MIPS data. To learn more about the…
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Federal Black Lung Program – New Central Mailroom Address

Effective immediately, the Division of Coal Mine Workers’ Compensation (DCMWC), also known as the Federal Black Lung Program, has moved central mailroom operations to London, Kentucky. We encourage our stakeholders to utilize our C.O.A.L. Mine portal for electronic document submission; however, if you need to mail physical documents associated with a Black Lung claim, please begin using the following mailing addresses immediately: Purpose Mailing Address Provider Enrollment U.S. Department of Labor OWCP/DCMWCP.O. Box 8312London, KY  40742-8312 General…
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Trump Administration Proposes Expansion of Telehealth Benefits Permanently for Medicare Beneficiaries

In an announcement released Monday: “The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is proposing changes to expand telehealth permanently, consistent with the Executive Order on Improving Rural and Telehealth Access that President Trump signed today. The Executive Order and proposed rule advance our efforts to improve access and convenience of care for Medicare beneficiaries, particularly those living in rural areas. Additionally, the proposed rule implements a multi-year effort to reduce clinician burden under our…
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National Immunization Month

August is National Immunization Awareness Month. National Immunization Awareness Month is meant to help raise awareness of the importance of vaccinations. MediSYS offers many tools to help practices stay on top of their patient’s immunizations, such as immunizations inventory, automated patient recalls and reminders, and others.

United Health Care (UHC) Phasing Out Paper Checks

Attention United Health Care Providers, In 2020, United Health Care (UHC) is phasing out paper checks. They are encouraging providers to sign up for ACH/direct deposit. What you need to know: The UHC preferred method of payment is ACH/Direct Deposit. For those who do not sign up, payments will be through a virtual card. Merchant card processing fees may apply to virtual cards. For more information and to enroll in UHC ACH/Direct Deposit, please see…
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