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Practice Management News

May 13:
Deadline Extended to May 22 to Volunteer for ICD-10 End-to-End Testing in July
CMS is selecting volunteers for its final round of end-to-end testing with Medicare prior to the Oct. 1, 2015 implementation date. 

Jan. 20:
Revalidate your Medicare Enrollment
Medicare sent revalidation letters in yellow envelopes to physicians. If you have received your letter, submit your completed application or revalidate using the Provider Enrollment Chain and Ownership System (PECOS) as soon as possible. For additional information, visit the Enrollment section of the CMS website. You may also want to review the AOA Medicare Enrollment Guide.

Oct. 2014:
CMS’ Final Rule for Meaningful Use in 2014 Offers Flexibility
The proposed rule to ease the Meaningful Use obstacles faced by many providers, which CMS issued in May, was approved on Aug. 29, giving providers assurance that they can use EHRs that have been certified under the 2011 Edition, a combination of the 2011 and 2014 Editions, or the 2014 edition of certified electronic health record technology (CEHRT) for 2014. AOA strategic partner Health Fusion provides an overview of the September 2014 Meaningful Use Final Rule.

May 2014:
AOA Voices ICD-10 Delay Concerns at Industry Summit
The summit, organized in response to the delay of ICD-10 implementation until Oct. 15, 2015, brought industry participants together to talk about the causes of the delay, its unintended consequences and what should be done moving forward. 

May 2014:
What Physicians Need to Know About Their Public Medicare Payment Data
Find out how to review your data and provide payers and patients with the context they need to understand potentially misleading numbers.

Apr. 2014:
Insurance Plans Must Provide Verification for Enrollees
Physician practices have chance to determine how much a patient will be responsible to pay now that insurance plans are required to provide eligibility verification.

Jan. 2014:
Update on Mental Health Parity and Addiction Act (MHPAEA)
The Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act
(MHPAEA), which goes into effect Jan. 13, 2014, increases parity between mental health/substance use disorder benefits and medical/surgical benefits in group and individual health plans. 


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