EHR: NPs, CNMs, PAs

From the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services, here is an important announcement on electronic health records (EHR). As of Tue Jan 31, more than $3.2 billion in Medicare and Medicaid electronic health record (EHR) incentive payments have been made; more than 191,000 eligible professionals, eligible hospitals, and critical access hospitals are actively registered. Learn …

Medicare Update for Clinicians

There are three updates that Medicare has recently posted that Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants and other clinicians (and their billing staff) will want to be aware of. 1. Summary of Policies in the CY 2011 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) and the Telehealth Originating Site Facility Fee Payment Amount – http://www.cms.gov/MLNMattersArticles/downloads/MM7264.pdf 2. Emergency Update to …

ICD10 Codes

Nurse Practitioners and other clinicians should be aware of the changes  that are taking place when it comes to diagnostic coding. On October 1, 2013, medical coding in U.S. health care settings will change from ICD-9-CM to ICD-10. The transition will require business and systems changes throughout the health care industry. Everyone who is covered …

Are you in PECOS?

Are you a Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant? Do you see Medicare patients? If so, you’ll want to make sure you are listed in PECOS – Provider Enrollment, Chain and Ownership System. CMS continues to urge physicians and non-physician practitioners who are enrolled in Medicare but who have not updated their Medicare enrollment record since …

Medicare Provider Enrollment

Many Nurse Practitioners find the process of getting credentialed with Medicare to be confusing or downright frustrating.  A few find their dealings with Medicare to be smooth and easy, but most of us are in the confusion camp.  Here’s you chance to clear some of that confusion. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) …

Delay in Medicare Cuts

Many independent NP practices are concerned with the proposed changes in Medicare reimbursement. At this time, it stands at -21.2% of the physician allowable. Of course, for NPs and PAs that figure is a bit more.  The good news is the proposed cuts in payment have been delayed until March 1, 2010. In terms of …

CMS Proposes Payment/Policy Changes to Providers

This proposed change affects Nurse Practitioners and  Physicians Assistants as well as Physicians, and directly impact those of us with our own offices. Read carefully. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced today proposed changes to policies and payment rates for services to be furnished during calendar year (CY 2010) by over 1 …