Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Bills Flied in the 20011 North Dakota Legislature

Bills Flied in the 20011 North Dakota Legislature
http://www.legis.nd.gov/assembly/62-2011/leginfo/index.html

Friday, December 17, 2010

Thursday, December 2, 2010

North Dakota State Senator Elroy Lindaas Resigns from the Senate

Senator Lindaas resigns from the North Dakota Senate .........
Senator Elroy N. LindaasAddress:735 153rd Avenue NE, Mayville, ND 58257-9673
Telephone:701-786-3064E-mail:elindaas@nd.govDistrict:20Party:Democrat

Saturday, November 20, 2010

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Overview MLN Educational Web Guides

Overview MLN Educational Web Guides

A Medicare Update

Hello Everyone,

Please enjoy the information contained in this edition of Frontier Focus. Please be sure to share it with your members, colleagues, providers and office billing staff. Thank you for your continued efforts to broadcast Medicare information to the providers in Region VIII.





Table of Contents



1. Registration for ONC Personal Health Records Roundtable Now Open [Fri Dec 3]



2. Graduate Medical Education (GME) Provisions from the Affordable Care Act



3. Physicians Billing for Technical Component of Advanced Diagnostic Imaging Must be Accredited



4. CMS Is Here to Help in the Transitions to Version 5010 and ICD-10



5. 2009 Physician Quality Reporting Initiative (PQRI) & Electronic Prescribing (eRx) Incentive Program Feedback Reports



6. Electronic Prescribing (eRx) Incentive Program Update



7. 2010 E-Prescribing Incentive Program Measurement Code Reporting Update


8. CORRECTED: Inpatient Psychiatric Facility PPS RY2011 PC Pricer Updated



9. Inpatient PPS FY2011 PC Pricer Updated to Correct Error



10. Skilled Nursing Facilities FY2011 PC Pricer Update



11. Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility PPS FY2011 PC Pricer Update



12. Outpatient Prospective Payment System CY2010 Pricer Update



13. Updates from the Medicare Learning Network

- “Glucose Testing Supplies - Complying with Documentation & Coverage - Requirements” Fact Sheet

- MLN Matters Article #SE1033: “Partial Code Freeze Prior to ICD-10 Implementation”

- Revised: MLN Matters Article #SE1027: Recovery Audit Contractor Demonstration High-Risk Medical Necessity Vulnerabilities for Inpatient Hospitals

- “The Medicare Overpayment Collection Process” Publication Now Available in Print

- “Sole Community Hospital” Fact Sheet Revised

- “Medicare Outpatient Therapy Billing” Publication Now Available in Print

- A Message to Our Provider Partners



14. A new "twist" in the law makes it easier to save on your prescription drug costs.











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1. Registration for ONC Personal Health Records Roundtable Now Open [Fri Dec 3]



Online registration is now open for the roundtable on “Personal Health Records – Understanding the Evolving Landscape.” This free day-long public roundtable, hosted by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), will be held on Fri Dec 3 at the FTC Conference Center in Washington DC (601 New Jersey Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20001).



Register to attend in person or via webcast by visiting http://healthit.hhs.gov/PHRroundtable. The webcast will be hosted at http://healthit.hhs.gov/blog/phr-roundtable.

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2. Graduate Medical Education (GME) Provisions from the Affordable Care Act



On Tue Nov 2, 2010, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued final regulations regarding the graduate medical education (GME) provisions included in the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The final regulations are a part of the CY2011 Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System final rule (available at http://www.ofr.gov/OFRUpload/OFRData/2010-27926_PI.pdf). Two of these GME provisions, section 5503 and section 5506, establish processes for redistribution of full-time equivalent (FTE) resident cap slots, and are time-sensitive in nature.



Section 5503 of the ACA provides for reductions in the direct GME and indirect medical education (IME) FTE resident caps for certain hospitals, and authorizes a “redistribution” to certain hospitals of the estimated number of FTE resident slots that result from the reductions. The provision is effective for portions of cost reporting periods occurring on or after July 1, 2011, for direct GME and IME. Applications for hospitals requesting slots under section 5503 must be received (not just postmarked) by the CMS Regional Office and CMS Central Office by Fri Jan 21, 2011.



Section 5506 of the ACA instructs the Secretary to establish a process by regulation that would redistribute FTE resident cap slots from teaching hospitals that close to hospitals that meet certain criteria, with priority given to hospitals located in the same Core Based Statistical Area (CBSA) or in a contiguous CBSA as the closed hospital. Section 5506 applies to teaching hospitals that closed on or after March 23, 2008, and to future teaching hospital closures. For teaching hospital closures that occurred on or after March 23, 2008, through August 3, 2010, applications for receipt of slots must be received (not just postmarked) by the CMS Regional Office and CMS Central Office by Fri Apr 1, 2011. All teaching hospital closures occurring after August 3, 2010 will be handled as part of a separate notification and application process.



Hospitals should refer to the direct GME website (http://www.cms.gov/AcuteInpatientPPS/06_dgme.asp) for more information on Section 5503 and Section 5506, and for a link to download the relevant application forms for these two provisions.

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3. Physicians Billing for Technical Component of Advanced Diagnostic Imaging Must be Accredited



Beginning Jan 1, 2012, suppliers furnishing the technical component of advanced diagnostic imaging services for which payment is made under the physician fee schedule must be accredited by a CMS-designated accreditation organization. In the case where a physician chooses to contract out those services to an accredited mobile unit, the physician must be accredited in order to bill Medicare for such services.



For more information regarding advanced diagnostic imaging, please visit http://www.CMS.gov/MedicareProviderSupEnroll/03_AdvancedDiagnosticImagingAccreditation.asp.

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4. CMS Is Here to Help in the Transitions to Version 5010 and ICD-10



Have questions about the Version 5010 and ICD-10 transition? CMS is here to help! We have resources for providers, vendors, and payers to prepare for the transition. Fact sheets available for educating staff and others about the transition include:

§ The ICD-10 Transition: An Introduction

§ ICD-10 Basics for Medical Practices

§ Talking to Your Vendors About ICD-10 and Version 5010: Tips for Medical Practices

§ Talking to Your Customers About ICD-10 and Version 5010: Tips for Software Vendors



Compliance timelines, materials from CMS-sponsored calls and conferences, links to resources, and the latest news are all available at http://www.cms.gov/ICD10. Check back often for the latest information and updates, and to sign up for Version 5010 and ICD-10 e-mail updates!

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5. 2009 Physician Quality Reporting Initiative (PQRI) & Electronic Prescribing (eRx) Incentive Program Feedback Reports



The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) would like to share this important information with participants in the 2009 Physician Quality Reporting Initiative (PQRI) or Electronic Prescribing (eRx) Incentive Program.



After beginning the release of the 2009 PQRI Feedback Reports, CMS temporarily halted production of the files to investigate some conflicting field information in the reports. The 2009 PQRI and eRx Incentive Program feedback reports will soon be made available on the PQRI portal. CMS anticipates that the Taxpayer Identification Number (Tax ID Number or TIN) level reports, which include the National Provider Identifier or NPI level reports, will be available the week of Mon Nov 22 on the PQRI Portal. Individual NPI reports will be made available shortly afterward, and may be requested via your Carrier or Medicare Administrative Contractor.



Feedback reports are compiled at the TIN level, with individual-level reporting NPI information for each eligible professional who reported at least one valid PQRI and/or eRx quality-data code (QDC) on a claim submitted under that TIN for services furnished during the reporting period. The TIN or NPI must be the one used by the eligible professional to submit Medicare claims and valid PQRI and/or eRx QDCs.

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If a 2009 PQRI and/or eRx Incentive Program feedback report is available for your organization’s TIN or NPI, there are two ways to access your report:



1. Individuals Authorized Access to the CMS Computer Services (IACS): Eligible professionals can log on to the secure “Physician and Other Health Care Professionals Quality Reporting Portal” on QualityNet at http://www.qualitynet.org/PRQI to access their feedback report(s) based on their TIN or for a group. Access to the Portal requires registration in the IACS system to obtain a user ID and password. Information on creating and/or updating an IACS account is included later in this message.



2. Alternative Feedback Report Method: An individual eligible professional can simply call his or her respective Carrier or Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC) provider contact center to request confidential 2009 PQRI or eRx feedback reports that will contain information based on the eligible professional’s individual NPI. If an eligible professional is part of a group practice, each eligible professional in the group practice must individually call their respective Carrier/MAC provider contact center to request a feedback report based on the individual NPI. For a list of Provider Contact Centers, visit http://www.cms.gov/MLNProducts/Downloads/CallCenterTollNumDirectory.zip. In addition to reporting information, these reports will provide individual eligible professionals with information on their Medicare Part B Physician Fee Schedule-allowed charges for the 2009 reporting period, upon which an incentive payment is based.



Additional information about this alternative feedback report request process can be found in the Medicare Learning Network Special Edition article #SE0922, “Alternative Process for Individual Eligible Professionals to Access Physician Quality Reporting Initiative (PQRI) and Electronic Prescribing (E-Prescribing) Feedback Reports,” available at http://www.cms.gov/MLNMattersArticles/downloads/SE0922.pdf.



Additional Resources: The IACS home page for the Provider/Supplier user community, which includes eRx and PQRI, is http://www.cms.gov/IACS/04_Provider_Community.asp; the IACS account management page is https://applications.cms.hhs.gov/category.html?name=acctmngmt. The “Physician and Other Health Care Professionals Quality Reporting Portal” is available at http://www.qualitynet.org/PQRI. (Although the “Forgot Password” link on the Portal sends users to the IACS website, IACS and the Portal are two separate websites.)



Who to Call for Help: Provider Community users should direct questions or concerns to the QualityNet Help Desk at 866-288-8912 (Mon–Fri, 7am-7pm CST) or via email at qnetsupport@sdps.org.

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6. Electronic Prescribing (eRx) Incentive Program Update



In November, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced that beginning in 2012, eligible professionals who are not successful electronic prescribers may be subject to a payment adjustment or penalty. Section 132 of the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act of 2008 (MIPPA) authorizes CMS to apply this payment adjustment whether or not the eligible professional is planning to participate in the eRx Incentive Program.



The payment adjustment in 2012, with regard to all of the eligible professionals’ Part B-covered professional services, will result in the eligible professional or group practice receiving 99% of the Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) amount that would otherwise apply to such services. In 2013, the eligible professional will receive 98.5% of their covered Part B-eligible charges if they aren’t a successful electronic prescriber. In 2014, the penalty for not being a successful electronic prescriber is 2%, resulting in eligible professionals receiving 98% of their covered Part B charges.



For purposes of determining which eligible professionals or group practices are subject to the payment adjustment in 2012, CMS will analyze claims data from January 1, 2011, through June 30, 2011, to determine if the eligible professional has submitted at least 10 electronic prescriptions during the first six months of calendar year 2011. Group practices reporting as a GPRO-I or GPRO-II in 2011 must report all of their required electronic prescribing events in the first six months of 2011 to avoid the payment adjustment in 2012.



Please see the “Getting Started” webpage at http://www.cms.gov/ERXincentive for more information, specifically paying attention to the “Medicare’s Practical Guide to the Electronic Prescribing (eRx) Incentive Program” product in the “Educational Resources” section.



If an eligible professional or selected group practice wishes to request an exemption to the eRx Incentive Program and the payment adjustment, there are two “hardship codes” that can be reported via claims:

§ G8642 – The eligible professional practices in a rural area without sufficient high-speed internet access and requests a hardship exemption from the application of the payment adjustment under section 1848(a)(5)(A) of the Social Security Act.

§ G8643 – The eligible professional practices in an area without sufficient available pharmacies for electronic prescribing and requests a hardship exemption from the application of the payment adjustment under section 1848(a)(5)(A) of the Social Security Act.



Additionally, there will be a G-code which can be used by eligible professionals to indicate that they do not have prescribing privileges. Reporting this G-code will prevent the eligible professional from being subjected to a payment adjustment in 2012.

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7. 2010 E-Prescribing Incentive Program Measurement Code Reporting Update


All Eligible Professionals (EPs) are encouraged to follow the current 2010 E-Prescribing (eRx) incentive program requirements. EPs should check the measure specifications at the beginning of each year because they may change. The correct measurement code to bill in 2010 for calculations of the 2010 eRx incentive payment is G8553.



The 2009 eRx measurement codes have been accepted for processing by the Medicare claims systems. However, in October, a temporary change occurred that led to the rejection of 2009 eRx codes. EPs cannot resubmit claims that may have been rejected with the 2009 eRx measurement codes. Submissions reported using a qualified registry or a qualified Electronic Health Record will not be affected by this situation.



All EPs should work with their vendors and clearinghouses to make sure they are aware of any measure specification changes. Current information, as well as the requirements, can be found at www.cms.gov/ERXincentive. To access the requirements, click on “E-Prescribing Measure” on the left hand side of the page; scroll down to the downloads section of the page and click to view “2010 eRx Measure Specification & Release Notes,” and “Claims Based Reporting Principles for 2010 eRx.”



EPs with any additional questions may contact the Quality Net Help Desk at 866-288-8912 (or the TTY line 877-715-6222), 7am-7pm CST.

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8. CORRECTED: Inpatient Psychiatric Facility PPS RY2011 PC Pricer Updated



The message sent last week about the updated Inpatient Psychiatric Facility PPS RY2011 PC Pricer included a typo in the dates listed in the message. The corrected message should have read: “The Inpatient Psychiatric Facility (IPF) PPS PC Pricer needed corrected provider data for RY2011 and has been updated on the CMS Website for claims dates from 2010-07-01 to 2010-09-30 and 2010-10-01 to 2011-06-30. If you use the IPF PPS PC Pricer for RY2011, please visit http://www.cms.hhs.gov/PCPricer/09_inppsy.asp, under the Downloads section, and download the latest versions of the IPF PPS RY2011 PC Pricers, posted 2010-11-08.

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9. Inpatient PPS FY2011 PC Pricer Updated to Correct Error



A typo was discovered in the FY 2011 Inpatient (INP) PPS PC Pricer, so a corrected version has been updated on the CMS website. If you use the FY2011 INP PPS PC Pricer, please visit http://www.cms.hhs.gov/PCPricer/03_inpatient.asp and download the latest version, dated 2010-11-10. This PC Pricer is for claims dated from 2010-10-01 to 2011-09-30.

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10. Skilled Nursing Facilities FY2011 PC Pricer Update



The FY2011 Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNF) PC Pricer has been updated at http://www.cms.hhs.gov/PCPricer/04_SNF.asp, under the “Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNF PPS) PC Pricer.” If you use the FY2011 SNF PC Pricer please visit the page above and download the SNF PC Pricer with the revised provider data.

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11. Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility PPS FY2011 PC Pricer Update



The FY2011 Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility (IRF) Prospective Payment System (PPS) PC Pricer is ready for download from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services at http://www.cms.hhs.gov/PCPricer/06_IRF.asp. If you use the IRF PPS PC Pricers, please visit the page above and download the latest version, posted 2010-11-16.

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12. Outpatient Prospective Payment System CY2010 Pricer Update



The CY2010 Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) Pricer web page has been updated to include the October 2010 update for outpatient provider data. Users may access the October provider data update at http://www.cms.gov/PCPricer/OutPPS/list.asp. Download the “4th Quarter 2010 Files” and select the file titled “OPSF October Update file.”

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13. Updates from the Medicare Learning Network



“Glucose Testing Supplies - Complying with Documentation & Coverage - Requirements” Fact Sheet



New! The Medicare Learning Network® has released a new educational product titled “Glucose Testing Supplies - Complying with Documentation & Coverage Requirements.” This fact sheet is designed to provide education on common Comprehensive Error Rate Testing (CERT) Program errors related to glucose testing supplies, and includes a checklist of the documentation needed to support claims submitted to Medicare for glucose testing supplies. This product is currently available at http://www.cms.gov/MLNProducts/downloads/GlucSup_DocCvge_FactSheet_ICN905104.pdf and is suggested for Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies (DMEPOS) providers.



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MLN Matters Article #SE1033: “Partial Code Freeze Prior to ICD-10 Implementation”



Just released! The Medicare Learning Network® has released MLN Matters Special Edition Article #SE1033 to inform affected Fee-For-Service (FFS) providers about the implementation of a partial freeze for both ICD-9-CM, ICD-10-CM, and ICD-10-PCS codes prior to implementation of ICD-10 on October 1, 2013. This decision was announced at the ICD-9-CM Coordination & Maintenance Meeting, held on Wed Sep 15, 2010. For more details, the article can be found at http://www.cms.gov/MLNMattersArticles/downloads/SE1033.pdf.



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Revised: MLN Matters Article #SE1027: Recovery Audit Contractor Demonstration High-Risk Medical Necessity Vulnerabilities for Inpatient Hospitals



The Medicare Learning Network® has revised MLN Matters Special Edition Article #SE1027 to update the list of vulnerabilities found on page two. This article advises inpatient hospitals about 17 RAC demonstration-identified medical necessity vulnerabilities. For more details, please read the updated version of the article at http://www.cms.gov/MLNMattersArticles/downloads/SE1027.pdf.



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“The Medicare Overpayment Collection Process” Publication Now Available in Print



The revised publication titled “The Medicare Overpayment Collection Process” (previously titled “What Physicians and Other Suppliers Should Know About Medicare Overpayments”), which provides the definition of an overpayment and information about the collection of Medicare physician and supplier overpayments, is now available in print format from the Medicare Learning Network®. To place your order, visit http://www.cms.gov/MLNGenInfo, scroll down to “Related Links Inside CMS,” and select “MLN Product Ordering Page.”



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“Sole Community Hospital” Fact Sheet Revised



The revised fact sheet titled “Sole Community Hospital” (October 2010), which provides information about Sole Community Hospital (SCH) classification criteria and SCH payments, is now available in downloadable format from the Medicare Learning Network® at http://www.cms.gov/MLNProducts/downloads/SoleCommHospfctsht508-09.pdf.



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“Medicare Outpatient Therapy Billing” Publication Now Available in Print



A new publication titled “Medicare Outpatient Therapy Billing” (August 2010) is now available in print format from the Medicare Learning Network®. This publication provides information about Medicare outpatient physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech-language pathology (therapy services) coverage requirements; calendar years 2010 and 2011 therapy codes and dispositions; and billing measures for therapy services. To place your order, visit http://www.cms.gov/MLNGenInfo, scroll down to “Related Links Inside CMS,” and select “MLN Product Ordering Page.”



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A Message to Our Provider Partners



Earlier this year when we introduced the “Medicare Learning Network® (MLN) Suite of Products and Resources for Billing and Coding Professionals,” we recommended you forward an email to your members and any staff that may have the responsibility for developing and submitting claims (ie. billers, coders, reimbursement specialists, and office practice managers). As part of our ongoing efforts to keep our providers aware of new and improved products, and to remind you that important MLN information is continuously available, we would like you to again recommend this comprehensive range of products to your existing and new reimbursement specialists. The timely and accurate information they need to submit Medicare claims correctly the first time is just a download away!



Like all MLN products and resources, the Suite is available at no cost. It contains easy-to-understand and current Medicare information, all prepared by subject-specific experts. We recommend you copy and paste the message below into the body of an email, then forward to your members. The email contains a link to a complete detailed listing of all of the products in the “Medicare Learning Network® Suite of Products and Resources for Billing and Coding Professionals.”



We very much appreciate your help in spreading the word about this and all other MLN products and hope you find the products beneficial as well. Please contact Valerie Haugen directly (at Valerie.haugen@cms.hhs.gov) if you have received any feedback about the Suite or have questions or concerns. Thanks!



Please copy and paste the message below into the body of e-mail, then forward to your members:



Get Accurate Solutions Now to Your Medicare Claim Questions



You can find plenty of answers to your Medicare questions. Find the accurate ones from the Medicare Learning Network® (MLN).



As a billing or coding professional, you need Medicare information at your fingertips. That is why CMS experts developed the “Medicare Learning Network® Suite of Products and Resources for Billing and Coding Professionals” just for you. The Suite contains easy-to-understand, accessible, and free Medicare Program information.



To access a detailed listing of all of the products you need to correctly submit claims the first time, visit the MLN Educational Web Guides web page at http://www.cms.gov/MLNEdWebGuide and, on the left hand side of the page, click on the “Medicare Learning Network Suite of Products and Resources for Billing and Coding Professionals.”



Equip yourself today with critical reimbursement solutions from the official source for Medicare Fee-For-Service Provider information.

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14. A new "twist" in the law makes it easier to save on your prescription drug costs.



http://www.ssa.gov/prescriptionhelp/



Under a new law, more Medicare beneficiaries could qualify for Extra Help with their Medicare prescription drug plan costs because some things no longer count as income and resources. The Extra Help is estimated to be worth an average of $3,900 per year. To qualify for the Extra Help, a person must be on Medicare, have limited income and resources, and reside in one of the 50 states or the District of Columbia.

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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

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North Dakota Tourism

NEWS

For Immediate Release

November 15, 2010


For more information, contact:
Sara Otte Coleman, Director, Tourism Division
North Dakota Department of Commerce
701-328-2525





North Dakota Tourism’s third quarter numbers demonstrate continued growth



Third quarter 2010 proved to be another strong quarter for North Dakota’s tourism industry.



According to North Dakota Tourism’s quarterly report, compared to 3rd quarter last year:

· Canadian border crossings were up 18 percent

· Major attractions were up 10 percent

· Airline boardings were up 8 percent

· Cumulative lodging tax was up 10 percent

· Local visitor centers were up 6 percent.



“North Dakota’s tourism industry continues to be strong,” said Sara Otte Coleman, director of North Dakota Tourism. “North Dakota has been experiencing growth upon growth at a time when most states now are just starting to show growth in their tourism industry.”





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North Dakota has been designated the most affordable state to visit by AAA.



Follow North Dakota Tourism on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TravelND or on Twitter at www.twitter.com/NorthDakotaTour and get tips on what to see and do all year long.



Make your North Dakota vacation more enjoyable by planning ahead and making hotel reservations in advance. For a listing of local convention and visitors bureaus offering travel assistance, go to: www.ndtourism.com/industry/chamber-links/.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

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Saturday, November 13, 2010

CMS Sponsored Calls End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Payment

CMS Sponsored Calls End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Payment

A Medicare Update

Hello Everyone,

Please enjoy the information contained in this edition of Frontier Focus. Please be sure to share it with your members, colleagues, providers and office billing staff. Thank you for your continued efforts to broadcast Medicare information to the providers in Region VIII.





Table of Contents



1. Medicare Learning Network Releases Three New Fact Sheets for the DMEPOS Competitive Bidding Program



2. DMEPOS CB Program Nat'l Education Call, Tue Nov 16



3. National Education Call for Referral Agents for the DMEPOS Competitive Bidding Program



4. Twelfth National Education Call on Medicare Fee-For-Service Implementation of HIPAA Version 5010 and D.0 Transactions: Taking EDI to the Next Level [Wed Nov 17]



5. Registration for ONC Personal Health Records Roundtable Now Open [Fri Dec 3]



6. New CMS Web Page Available for the Medicare Fee-For-Service Physician Feedback / Value Modifier Program!



7. CMS to Release Ambulance Services Comparative Billing Report



8. Five-Star Quality Rating System: News for November



9. Inpatient Psychiatric Facility PPS RY2011 PC Pricers Updated



10. Inpatient PPS FY2011 PC Pricers Updated



11. Updates from the Medicare Learning Network…

“End-Stage Renal Disease Prospective Payment System”

“End-Stage Renal Disease Composite Payment Rate System” Publication Revised

“5010: Taking Electronic Billing and Electronic Data Interchange to the Next Level”

Written Transcript of ESRD PPS 2011 Conference Call



12. A new "twist" in the law makes it easier to save on your prescription drug costs.











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1. Medicare Learning Network Releases Three New Fact Sheets for the DMEPOS Competitive Bidding Program



The Medicare Learning Network® has released three new fact sheets related to the Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics and Supplies (DMEPOS) Competitive Bidding program:

§ “The DMEPOS Competitive Bidding Program Non-Contract Supplier Fact Sheet,” which is designed to educate suppliers on a broad variety of requirements for non-contract suppliers under the DMEPOS competitive bidding program;

§ “The DMEPOS Competitive Bidding Program Enteral Nutrition Fact Sheet,” which is designed to educate suppliers on rules for providing enteral nutrition under the DMEPOS competitive bidding program; and

§ “The DMEPOS Competitive Bidding Program Mail Order Diabetic Supplies Fact Sheet,” which is designed to educate suppliers on rules regarding providing mail order diabetic supplies under the DMEPOS competitive bidding program.



To learn more, please visit the DMEPOS Competitive Bidding Educational Resources page at http://www.cms.gov/DMEPOSCompetitiveBid/04_Educational_Resources.asp on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services website, then select the “DMEPOS Competitive Bidding Fact Sheets” link in the “Downloads” section.



Also, CMS would like to remind all non-contract suppliers that furnish competitively bid rented durable medical equipment (DME) or oxygen and oxygen equipment to beneficiaries in competitive bidding areas (CBAs) of the following upcoming deadlines:



§ A non-contract supplier that elects to become a grandfathered supplier must provide a 30-day written notification to each Medicare beneficiary who resides in a CBA and is currently renting competitively bid oxygen and oxygen equipment or DME from that supplier. These notifications must be sent by Wed Nov 17, 2010. A non-contract supplier that elects to become a grandfathered supplier must also provide written notification to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) of this decision by Wed Nov 17, 2010.



§ A non-contract supplier that elects not to become a contract supplier is required to pick-up the item it is currently renting to the beneficiary from the beneficiary’s home after proper notification. Proper notification includes a 30-day, a 10-day, and a 2-day notice of the supplier’s decision not to become a grandfathered supplier to its Medicare beneficiaries who are currently renting competitively bid DME or oxygen and oxygen equipment and who reside in a CBA. The 30-day notification to the beneficiary must be sent by Wed Nov 17, 2010, and must be in writing.



For more information on grandfathering requirements, please see the “DMEPOS Competitive Bidding Program Grandfathering Requirements for Non-Contract Suppliers Fact Sheet,” which is now available, free of charge, from the Medicare Learning Network® at http://www.cms.gov/DMEPOSCompetitiveBid/04_Educational_Resources.asp in the “Downloads” section.

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2. DMEPOS CB Program Nat'l Education Call, Tue Nov 16



Tue Nov 16, 2-3:30pm EST



The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will host a national education call on the Medicare Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies (DMEPOS) Competitive Bidding Program for referral agents for the program. (Referral agents generally include Medicare-enrolled providers, physicians, treating practitioners, discharge planners, social workers, and pharmacists who refer beneficiaries for DMEPOS items and services in a competitive bidding area).



In advance of the call, participants are encouraged to visit the educational resources web page where they can review the latest educational tools including fact sheets. The presentation for the call will also be available at http://www.cms.gov/DMEPOSCompetitiveBid/04_Educational_Resources.asp.



In order to receive the call-in information for this call, you must register for the call. It is important to note that if you are planning to sit in with a group, only one person needs to register to receive the call-in data. This registration is solely to reserve a phone line, NOT to allow participation.



Registration will close at 2pm EST on Mon Nov 15, or when available space has been filled. No exceptions will be made, so please be sure to register prior to this time.



To register for the call:

§ Visit http://www.eventsvc.com/palmettogba/111610.

§ Fill in all required data.

§ Verify that your time zone is displayed correctly in the drop down box.

§ Click “Register.”

§ You will be taken to the “Thank you for registering” page and will receive a confirmation e-mail shortly thereafter. Note: Please save this page, in the event that your server blocks the confirmation e-mails. If you do not receive the confirmation e-mail, please check your spam/junk mail filter as it may have been directed there.

If assistance for hearing impaired services is needed the request must be sent to medicare.ttt@palmettogba.com no later than 3 business days before the event.

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3. National Education Call for Referral Agents for the DMEPOS Competitive Bidding Program



Tue Nov 16, 2-3:30pm EST



The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will host a national education call on the Medicare Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies (DMEPOS) Competitive Bidding Program for referral agents for the program. (Referral agents generally include Medicare-enrolled providers, physicians, treating practitioners, discharge planners, social workers, and pharmacists who refer beneficiaries for DMEPOS items and services in a competitive bidding area).



In advance of the call, participants are encouraged to visit the educational resources web page where they can review the latest educational tools including fact sheets. The presentation for the call will also be available at http://www.cms.gov/DMEPOSCompetitiveBid/04_Educational_Resources.asp.



In order to receive the call-in information for this call, you must register for the call. It is important to note that if you are planning to sit in with a group, only one person needs to register to receive the call-in data. This registration is solely to reserve a phone line, NOT to allow participation. Registration will close at 2pm EST on Mon Nov 15, or when available space has been filled. No exceptions will be made, so please be sure to register prior to this time.



To register for the call:

§ Visit http://www.eventsvc.com/palmettogba/111610.

§ Fill in all required data.

§ Verify that your time zone is displayed correctly in the drop down box.

§ Click “Register.”

§ You will be taken to the “Thank you for registering” page and will receive a confirmation e-mail shortly thereafter. Note: Please save this page, in the event that your server blocks the confirmation e-mails. If you do not receive the confirmation e-mail, please check your spam/junk mail filter as it may have been directed there.

If assistance for hearing impaired services is needed the request must be sent to medicare.ttt@palmettogba.com no later than 3 business days before the event.

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4. Twelfth National Education Call on Medicare Fee-For-Service Implementation of HIPAA Version 5010 and D.0 Transactions: Taking EDI to the Next Level [Wed Nov 17]



Wed Nov 17, 2pm-3:30pm EST



The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will host its twelfth national education call regarding Medicare FFS’s implementation of HIPAA Version 5010 and D.0 transaction standards on Wed Nov 17, focusing on the Coordination of Benefits (COB). Subject matter experts will review Medicare FFS specific changes, including those arising from the adoption of the HIPAA 5010 Errata, as well as general information to help the audience prepare for the transition; the presentation will be followed by a Q&A session. Target Audience includes vendors, clearinghouses, and providers who will need to make Medicare FFS specific changes in compliance with HIPAA version 5010 requirements. The presentation will be available on the CMS website at http://www.cms.gov/Versions5010andD0/V50/list.asp.



Agenda:

§ General Overview

§ Medicare Specific COB Changes

§ Timelines and Deadlines

§ What you need to do to prepare

§ Q & A



In order to receive the call-in information, you must register for the call. It is important to note that if you are planning to sit in with a group, only one person needs to register to receive the call-in data. This registration is solely to reserve a phone line, NOT to allow participation. Registration will close at 2:00 p.m. ET on November 16, 2010, or when available space has been filled. No exceptions will be made, so please be sure to register prior to this time. To register for the call:

Visit http://www.eventsvc.com/palmettogba/111710.
Fill in all required data.
Verify that your time zone is displayed correctly in the drop down box.
Click “Register.”
You will be taken to the “Thank you for registering” page and will receive a confirmation e-mail shortly thereafter. Note: Please save this page, in the event that your server blocks the confirmation e-mails. If you do not receive the confirmation e-mail, please check your spam/junk mail filter as it may have been directed there.
If assistance for hearing impaired services is needed the request must be sent to medicare.ttt@palmettogba.com no later than 3 business day before the event.

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5. Registration for ONC Personal Health Records Roundtable Now Open [Fri Dec 3]



Fri Dec 3, 8:30am-4:30pm



Online registration is now open for the roundtable on “Personal Health Records – Understanding the Evolving Landscape.” This free day-long public roundtable, hosted by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), will be held on Fri Dec 3 at the FTC Conference Center in Washington DC (601 New Jersey Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20001).



Register to attend in person or via webcast by visiting http://healthit.hhs.gov/PHRroundtable. The webcast will be hosted at http://healthit.hhs.gov/blog/phr-roundtable.

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6. New CMS Web Page Available for the Medicare Fee-For-Service Physician Feedback / Value Modifier Program!



CMS uses claims data to create confidential reports measuring the resources and quality of care involved in furnishing care. In 2010, the Physician Feedback Program is limited to physicians and groups that have been notified – and if you have not received notification then you will not receive a report. Feedback reports will be distributed in a multi-year, phased, implementation schedule to medical professionals and medical group practices.



To learn more about these reports and the legislatively-mandated Value Modifier, visit the new web page at http://www.cms.gov/PhysicianFeedbackProgram on the CMS website.

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7. CMS to Release Ambulance Services Comparative Billing Report



In November, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will release its third national provider Comparative Billing Report (CBR). This report is centered on emergency and end-stage renal disease-related non-emergency transports provided by ambulance providers. The CBRs will be released to approximately 5,000 ambulance providers nationwide.



The CBRs, produced by SafeGuard Services under contract with CMS, provide comparative data on how an individual health care provider compares to other providers by looking at utilization patterns for services, beneficiaries, and diagnoses billed. CMS has received feedback from a number of providers that this kind of data is very helpful to them and encouraged us to produce more CBRs and make them available to providers.



These reports are not available to anyone but the provider who receives them. To ensure privacy, CMS presents only summary billing information. No patient or case-specific data is included. These reports are an example of a tool that helps providers comply with Medicare billing rules and improve the level of care they furnish to their Medicare patients. For more information and to review a sample of the ambulance CBR, please visit the CBR Services website (www.cbrservices.com), or call the SafeGuard Services’ Provider Help Desk CBR Support Team (530-896-7080).

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8. Five-Star Quality Rating System: News for November



November news about the Five-Star Quality Rating System:

§ Starting November 2010, the Five-Star ratings will update on Nursing Home Compare on the third Thursday of every month.

§ The Five-Star Preview Reports for November will be available no later than Mon Nov 15. Providers, in order to access your Five-Star Preview report, go to the MDS State Welcome page available on the state servers where you submit MDS data and select the CASPER Reporting link located at the bottom of the page. Once in the CASPER Reporting System, click on the ‘Folders’ button. Then click on ‘My Inbox’ on the left hand side of the screen and access the Five Star Report in your ‘st LTC facid’ folder, where ‘st’ is the 2-digit postal code of the state in which your facility is located and ‘facid’ is the state assigned facid of your facility.

§ Nursing Home Compare will update with November’s Five-Star data on Thu Nov 18.

Important Note: The Five-Star Help Line will be available from Mon Nov 15 through Fri Nov 19. Provider preview reports will continue to be available on a monthly basis in advance of public posting and will include the dates and hours of helpline availability. BetterCare@cms.hhs.gov is an alternative communication medium to direct inquiries.

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9. Inpatient Psychiatric Facility PPS RY2011 PC Pricers Updated



The Inpatient Psychiatric Facility (IPF) PPS PC Pricer needed corrected provider data for RY2011 and has been updated on the CMS Website for claims dates from 2010-07-01 to 2010-06-30 and 2010-10-01 to 2011-06-30. If you use the IPF PPS PC Pricer for RY2011, please visit http://www.cms.hhs.gov/PCPricer/09_inppsy.asp, under the Downloads section, and download the latest versions of the IPF PPS RY2011 PC Pricers, posted 2010-11-08.

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10. Inpatient PPS FY2011 PC Pricers Updated



The Fiscal Year 2011 Inpatient (INP) PPS PC Pricers have been updated on the CMS website. If you use the FY 2011 INP PPS PC Pricers, please visit http://www.cms.hhs.gov/PCPricer/03_inpatient.asp and download the latest version of the FY2011 PC Pricer. This PC Pricer is for claims dated from 2010-10-01 to 2011-09-30. The update is dated 2010-11-08.

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11. Updates from the Medicare Learning Network…



“End-Stage Renal Disease Prospective Payment System”



The new publication titled “End-Stage Renal Disease Prospective Payment System” (September 2010) provides information about the Medicare End-Stage Renal Disease Prospective Payment System that will be implemented on Jan 1, 2011, including the one-time election and transition period, payment rates for adult and pediatric patients, home dialysis, laboratory services and drugs, and beneficiary deductible and coinsurance. This fact sheet is now available in print format from the Medicare Learning Network®. To place your order, visit http://www.cms.gov/MLNGenInfo, scroll down to “Related Links Inside CMS” and select “MLN Product Ordering Page.”



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“End-Stage Renal Disease Composite Payment Rate System” Publication Revised

The revised publication titled “End-Stage Renal Disease Composite Payment Rate System” (September 2010) (previously titled “Outpatient Maintenance Dialysis - End-Stage Renal Disease”) provides information about the Medicare End-Stage Renal Disease composite payment rate system, the one-time election and transition period, and separately billable items and services. This fact sheet is now available in print format by visiting http://www.cms.gov/MLNGenInfo, scrolling to “Related Links Inside CMS” and selecting “MLN Product Ordering Page.”



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“5010: Taking Electronic Billing and Electronic Data Interchange to the Next Level”



Now available to order in hardcopy! The new Medicare Learning Network® product titled “5010: Taking Electronic Billing and Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) to the Next Level” is now available in both downloadable and hardcopy formats. This educational tool is designed to provide education on the upcoming implementation of Versions 5010 and D.0, which will replace the current version that covered entities must use when conducting electronic HIPPA transactions. It includes a timeline and list of resources related to the implementation and is suggested for all Medicare Fee-For-Service Providers. To order a hardcopy, free of charge, please visit http://www.cms.gov/MLNGenInfo and click on “MLN Product Ordering Page” under the “Related Links Inside CMS” section at the bottom of the page. This product is also available in downloadable format at http://www.cms.gov/MLNProducts/downloads/5010EDI_RefCard_ICN904284.pdf.



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Written Transcript of ESRD PPS 2011 Conference Call



The written transcript of the Medicare Program End-Stage Renal Disease Prospective Payment System (ESRD PPS) 2011 Conference Call, which provides an overview of the ESRD PPS that will be effective on Jan 1, 2011, is now available at http://www.cms.gov/ESRDPayment/10_CMS_Sponsored_Calls.asp.

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12. A new "twist" in the law makes it easier to save on your prescription drug costs.



http://www.ssa.gov/prescriptionhelp/



Under a new law, more Medicare beneficiaries could qualify for Extra Help with their Medicare prescription drug plan costs because some things no longer count as income and resources. The Extra Help is estimated to be worth an average of $3,900 per year. To qualify for the Extra Help, a person must be on Medicare, have limited income and resources, and reside in one of the 50 states or the District of Columbia.

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A Medicare Update

Hello Everyone,

Please enjoy the information contained in this edition of Frontier Focus. Please be sure to share it with your members, colleagues, providers and office billing staff. Thank you for your continued efforts to broadcast Medicare information to the providers in Region VIII.





Table of Contents



1. CMS Announces DMEPOS Round 1 Rebid Contract Suppliers



2. Registration for ONC Personal Health Records Roundtable Now Open [Fri Dec 3]



3. Registration Deadline EXTENDED: National Education Call for Non-Contract Suppliers in the DMEPOS Competitive Bidding Program



4. Online registration now open for December 3rd roundtable on “Personal Health Records – Understanding the Evolving Landscape.”



5. Skilled Nursing Facility Prospective Payment System Resource Utilization Group-Version 4 (RUG-IV) National Provider Call with Q&A [Tue Nov 9]



6. 2010 Physician Quality Reporting Initiative & Electronic Prescribing Incentive Program National Provider Call with Question & Answer Session [Wed Nov 10]



7. Twelfth National Education Call on Medicare Fee-For-Service Implementation of HIPAA Version 5010 and D.0 Transactions: Taking EDI to the Next Level [Wed Nov 17]



8. Register now for National Education Call for Referral Agents for the DMEPOS Competitive Bidding Program



9. Updates from the Medicare Learning Network

- CMS Revised MLN Matters Article #SE1028 - RAC Demonstartion High-Risk DRG Coding Vulnerabilities for Inpatient Hospitals

- The “DMEPOS Competitive Bidding Program Grandfathering Requirements for Non-contract Suppliers” Fact Sheet

- “5010: Taking Electronic Billing and Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) to the Next Level”

- “Caregiving Education” Publication

- “Medicare Information for Advanced Practice Nurses and Physician Assistants” Booklet

- “Understanding the Remittance Advice for Institutional Providers” Web-Based Training

- Reminder about Important Timely Filing Requirement Information

- November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month and Thu Nov 18 is the Great American Smokeout



10. Medicare Improves Access to Preventive Services for 2011; New Physician Payment Policies Emphasize Role of Primary Care



11. 2011 Payment Changes for Medicare Home Health Services; Final Rule Reflects Improvements to Quality and Efficiency of Care



12. Medicare DMEPOS Rules to Take Effect in 2011



13. Medicare DSH Eligibility Data



14. October 2010 Quarterly Provider Specific Data Updates



15. Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) Code Set Update



16. Inpatient Psychiatric Facility PPS RY2011 PC Pricer Update



17. Medicare Remit Easy Print Software Codes Update



18. 2009 Physician Quality Reporting Initiative Incentive Payment Update



19. November Flu Shot Reminder



20. A new "twist" in the law makes it easier to save on your prescription drug costs.











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1. CMS Announces DMEPOS Round 1 Rebid Contract Suppliers



DMEPOS Round 1 Rebid Contract Suppliers Announced!



The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced the contract suppliers for the Round 1 Rebid of the Medicare Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics and Supplies (DMEPOS) Competitive Bidding Program.



The list of contract suppliers is now available at http://www.cms.gov/DMEPOSCompetitiveBid/01A2_Contract_Supplier_Lists.asp.



Visit the CMS web site at http://www.cms.gov/DMEPOSCompetitiveBid for additional information.

View the Press Release at http://www.cms.gov/apps/media/press_releases.asp.

View the Fact Sheet at http://www.cms.gov/apps/media/fact_sheets.asp.

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2. Registration for ONC Personal Health Records Roundtable Now Open [Fri Dec 3]



Online registration is now open for the roundtable on “Personal Health Records – Understanding the Evolving Landscape.” This free day-long public roundtable, hosted by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), will be held on Fri Dec 3 at the FTC Conference Center in Washington DC (601 New Jersey Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20001).



Register to attend in person or via webcast by visiting http://healthit.hhs.gov/PHRroundtable. The webcast will be hosted at http://healthit.hhs.gov/blog/phr-roundtable.

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3. Registration Deadline EXTENDED: National Education Call for Non-Contract Suppliers in the DMEPOS Competitive Bidding Program



Mon Nov 8, 2-3:30pm EST



Registration for this previously-announced call will close at 2pm EST on Mon Nov 8 (the beginning of the call), or when available space has been filled.



The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will host a national education call on the Medicare Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies (DMEPOS) Competitive Bidding Program for DMEPOS suppliers that will not be contract suppliers in the program.



If you are planning to participate in the call, please review the presentation that will be given, which is available in the “Downloads” section at http://www.cms.gov/DMEPOSCompetitiveBid/04_Educational_Resources.asp. In addition, this webpage includes educational resources (including fact sheets) about the Competitive Bidding Program.



In order to receive the call-in information, you must register for the call. It is important to note that if you are planning to sit in with a group, only one person needs to register to receive the call-in data. This registration is solely to reserve a phone line, NOT to allow participation. Registration will close at 2pm EST on Mon Nov 8 (the beginning of the call), or when available space has been filled.



To register for the call:

Visit http://www.eventsvc.com/palmettogba/110810.
Fill in all required data.
Verify that your time zone is displayed correctly in the drop down box.
Click “Register.”
You will be taken to the “Thank you for registering” page and will receive a confirmation e-mail shortly thereafter. Note: Please save this page, in the event that your server blocks the confirmation e-mails. If you do not receive the confirmation e-mail, please check your spam/junk mail filter as it may have been directed there.
If assistance for hearing impaired services is needed the request must be sent to medicare.ttt@palmettogba.com no later than 3 business days before the event.
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4. Online registration now open for December 3rd roundtable on “Personal Health Records – Understanding the Evolving Landscape.”



· Online registration is now open for the December 3rd roundtable on “Personal Health Records – Understanding the Evolving Landscape.” This free day-long (8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.) public roundtable, hosted by ONC, will be held at the FTC Conference Center, 601 New Jersey Avenue, NW, Washington, DC. You can register to attend in person or via webcast by visiting http://healthit.hhs.gov/blog/phr-roundtable/.

· The Governance Workgroup is developing recommendations on governance mechanisms for the nationwide health information network (NHIN). The Workgroup identified overarching objectives, key principles, and core functions for governance in its Preliminary Report and Recommendations on the Scope of Governance presented to the HIT Policy Committee on October 20. The Workgroup is now preparing final recommendations on how governance functions should be implemented and by whom. As a first step, the Workgroup would like to identify existing mechanisms that might be appropriate, with or without modifications, and with or without some added coordination; and whether new mechanisms are needed, and if so, which. The Workgroup would like public input on these issues and has created a table listing the core functions and questions to frame the input. To make comments, please visit:

http://healthit.hhs.gov/blog/faca/index.php/2010/10/25/governance-workgroup-seeks-comments-on-roles-and-responsibilities-for-governance/

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5. Skilled Nursing Facility Prospective Payment System Resource Utilization Group-Version 4 (RUG-IV) National Provider Call with Q&A [Tue Nov 9]



This call is one in a series of calls designed to provide information on key aspects of the RUG-IV SNF PPS case mix system, which was put into place on an interim basis effective October 1, 2010. CMS held three previous calls, which provided details of significant changes related to the RUG-IV payment system.



In June, CMS discussed coding procedures, with emphasis on the appropriate Look-back Period to be used when coding the Minimum Data Set (MDS) 3.0 and how facility staff should separately report individual, concurrent and group therapy for accurate payment, along with changes to the ADL coding requirements and their impact on the assignment of MDS 3.0 records to a RUG-IV group. In August, CMS held a second call, where subject matter experts discussed the transition from RUG-III to RUG-IV. The third call, in September, discussed several SNF PPS policies, including Start of Therapy and End of Therapy Other Medicare Required Assessments and the SNF short stay policy.



For this call, CMS subject matter experts will review some of the significant changes associated with the RUG-IV payment system. Information on the previous calls and future information for this call will be available on the SNF PPS webpage at http://www.cms.gov/SNFPPS/03_RUGIVEdu.asp. Following the formal presentation, callers will have an opportunity to ask questions of CMS subject matter experts.



In order to receive the call-in information, you must register for the call. It is important to note that if you are planning to sit in with a group, only one person needs to register to receive the call-in data. This registration is solely to reserve a phone line, NOT to allow participation. Registration will close at 2pm EST on Mon Nov 8, or when available space has been filled. No exceptions will be made, so please be sure to register prior to this time. To register for the call:

Visit http://www.eventsvc.com/palmettogba/110910.
Fill in all required data.
Verify that your time zone is displayed correctly in the drop down box.
Click “Register.”
You will be taken to the “Thank you for registering” page and will receive a confirmation email shortly thereafter. Note: Please save this page in the event that your server blocks the confirmation emails. If you do not receive the confirmation email, please check your spam/junk mail filter as it may have been directed there.
If assistance for hearing impaired services is needed, the request must be sent to medicare.ttt@palmettogba.com no later than 3 business day before the event.


For those who will be unable to attend, a transcript and MP3 audio file of the call will be available at http://www.cms.gov/SNFPPS/03_RUGIVEdu.asp on the CMS website shortly after the call.

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6. 2010 Physician Quality Reporting Initiative & Electronic Prescribing Incentive Program National Provider Call with Question & Answer Session [Wed Nov 10]



The PQRI is voluntary quality reporting program that provides an incentive payment to identified individual eligible professionals (EPs), and beginning with the 2010 PQRI, group practices who satisfactorily report data on quality measures for covered Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) services furnished to Medicare Part B Fee-For-Service (FFS) beneficiaries. The PQRI was first implemented in 2007 as a result of section 101 of the Tax Relief and Health Care Act of 2006 (TRHCA), and further expanded as a result of the Medicare, Medicaid, and SCHIP Extension Act of 2007 (MMSEA), and the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act of 2008 (MIPPA).



The eRx Incentive Program is an incentive program for eligible professionals initially implemented in 2009 as a result of section 132(b) of the MIPPA. The eRx Incentive Program promotes the adoption and use of eRx systems by individual eligible professionals and beginning with the 2010 eRx Incentive Program, group practices.



The formal presentation will cover the following:

Overview of the 2011 rule and comments;
2009 PQRI and eRx Incentive Program payment distribution and instructions for understanding these payments;
An overview for the use of the 2009 Feedback Report User Guides for PQRI and the eRx Incentive Program;
Discussion on the changes to the electronic remittance advice for eligible professionals receiving PQRI and eRx incentive payments in 2010; and
Participation in the 2010 eRX Incentive Program.
The lines will be opened to allow participants to ask questions of CMS PQRI and eRx subject matter experts. A PowerPoint slide presentation will be posted to the PQRI webpage (at http://www.cms.gov/PQRI/04_CMSSponsoredCalls.asp) on the CMS website for you to download prior to the call so that you can follow along with the presenter.



Educational products are available on the PQRI-dedicated webpage (http://www.cms.hhs.gov/PQRI) in the Educational Resources section and on the eRx-dedicated webpage (http://www.cms.hhs.gov/ERxIncentive) on the CMS website. Feel free to download the resources prior to the call so that you may ask questions of the CMS presenters.



In order to receive the call-in information, you must register for the call. It is important to note that if you are planning to sit in with a group, only one person needs to register to receive the call-in data. This registration is solely to reserve a phone line, NOT to allow participation. Registration will close at 1:30pm EST on Tue Nov 9 or when available space has been filled. No exceptions will be made, so please be sure to register prior to this time. To register for the call:

Visit http://www.eventsvc.com/palmettogba/111010.
Fill in all required data.
Verify that your time zone is displayed correctly in the drop down box.
Click “Register.”
You will be taken to the “Thank you for registering” page and will receive a confirmation email shortly thereafter. Note: Please save this page, in the event that your server blocks the confirmation emails. If you do not receive the confirmation email, please check your spam/junk mail filter as it may have been directed there.


If assistance for hearing impaired services is needed the request must be sent to medicare.ttt@palmettogba.com no later than 3 business day before the event. For those of who will be unable to attend, a transcript and MP3 file of the call will be available at least one week after the call at http://www.cms.hhs.gov/PQRI on the CMS website.

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7. Twelfth National Education Call on Medicare Fee-For-Service Implementation of HIPAA Version 5010 and D.0 Transactions: Taking EDI to the Next Level [Wed Nov 17]



The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will host its twelfth national education call regarding Medicare FFS’s implementation of HIPAA Version 5010 and D.0 transaction standards on Wed Nov 17, focusing on the Coordination of Benefits (COB). Subject matter experts will review Medicare FFS specific changes, including those arising from the adoption of the HIPAA 5010 Errata, as well as general information to help the audience prepare for the transition; the presentation will be followed by a Q&A session. Target Audience includes vendors, clearinghouses, and providers who will need to make Medicare FFS specific changes in compliance with HIPAA version 5010 requirements. The presentation will be available on the CMS website at http://www.cms.gov/Versions5010andD0/V50/list.asp.



Agenda:

§ General Overview

§ Medicare Specific COB Changes

§ Timelines and Deadlines

§ What you need to do to prepare

§ Q & A



In order to receive the call-in information, you must register for the call. It is important to note that if you are planning to sit in with a group, only one person needs to register to receive the call-in data. This registration is solely to reserve a phone line, NOT to allow participation. Registration will close at 2:00 p.m. ET on November 16, 2010, or when available space has been filled. No exceptions will be made, so please be sure to register prior to this time. To register for the call:

Visit http://www.eventsvc.com/palmettogba/111710.
Fill in all required data.
Verify that your time zone is displayed correctly in the drop down box.
Click “Register.”
You will be taken to the “Thank you for registering” page and will receive a confirmation e-mail shortly thereafter. Note: Please save this page, in the event that your server blocks the confirmation e-mails. If you do not receive the confirmation e-mail, please check your spam/junk mail filter as it may have been directed there.
If assistance for hearing impaired services is needed the request must be sent to medicare.ttt@palmettogba.com no later than 3 business day before the event.

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8. Register now for National Education Call for Referral Agents for the DMEPOS Competitive Bidding Program



The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will host a national education call on the Medicare Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies (DMEPOS) Competitive Bidding Program for referral agents for the program. (Referral agents generally include Medicare-enrolled providers, physicians, treating practitioners, discharge planners, social workers, and pharmacists who refer beneficiaries for DMEPOS items and services in a competitive bidding area).



In advance of the call, participants are encouraged to visit the educational resources web page where they can review the latest educational tools including fact sheets. The presentation for the call will also be available at http://www.cms.gov/DMEPOSCompetitiveBid/04_Educational_Resources.asp.



In order to receive the call-in information for this call, you must register for the call. It is important to note that if you are planning to sit in with a group, only one person needs to register to receive the call-in data. This registration is solely to reserve a phone line, NOT to allow participation. Registration will close at 2pm EST on Mon Nov 15, or when available space has been filled. No exceptions will be made, so please be sure to register prior to this time.



To register for the call:

§ Visit http://www.eventsvc.com/palmettogba/111610.

§ Fill in all required data.

§ Verify that your time zone is displayed correctly in the drop down box.

§ Click “Register.”

§ You will be taken to the “Thank you for registering” page and will receive a confirmation e-mail shortly thereafter. Note: Please save this page, in the event that your server blocks the confirmation e-mails. If you do not receive the confirmation e-mail, please check your spam/junk mail filter as it may have been directed there.

§ If assistance for hearing impaired services is needed the request must be sent to medicare.ttt@palmettogba.com no later than 3 business days before the event.

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9. Updates from the Medicare Learning Network



CMS Revised MLN Matters Article #SE1028 - RAC Demonstartion High-Risk DRG Coding Vulnerabilities for Inpatient Hospitals



The Medicare Learning Network® (MLN) has revised MLN Matters Article #SE1028 to clarify requirements for coding diagnosis codes by attending physicians. The article provides information related to four RAC demonstration-identified inpatient coding vulnerabilities in an effort to prevent similar problems from occurring in the future. The revised version is now available at http://www.cms.gov/MLNMattersArticles/downloads/SE1028.pdf on the CMS website.



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The “DMEPOS Competitive Bidding Program Grandfathering Requirements for Non-contract Suppliers” Fact Sheet



The Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies (DMEPOS) Competitive Bidding Program Grandfathering Requirements for Non-Contract Suppliers Fact Sheet is now available, free of charge, from the Medicare Learning Network®.



Once the DMEPOS competitive bidding program becomes effective on January 1, 2011, beneficiaries with Original Medicare who obtain competitively bid items in competitive bidding areas (CBAs) must obtain these items from a contract supplier for Medicare to pay, unless an exception applies.



All non-contract suppliers that furnish competitively bid rented durable medical equipment (DME) or oxygen and oxygen equipment to beneficiaries in CBAs must decide if they will elect to become grandfathered suppliers, notify beneficiaries of their grandfathering decisions, and fulfill other requirements. A non-contract supplier that elects to become a grandfathered supplier must provide written notification to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) of this decision by Wed Nov 17, 2010.



This fact sheet contains helpful information on competitive bidding program rules and requirements related to grandfathering. To learn more, please visit the DMEPOS Competitive Bidding Educational Resources page at http://www.cms.gov/DMEPOSCompetitiveBid/04_Educational_Resources.asp on the CMS website and scroll to the “Downloads” section.



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“5010: Taking Electronic Billing and Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) to the Next Level”



New! The Medicare Learning Network® has released a new educational tool titled “5010: Taking Electronic Billing and Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) to the Next Level.” This educational tool is designed to provide education on the upcoming implementation of Versions 5010 and D.0, which will replace the current version that covered entities must use when conducting electronic HIPPA transactions. It includes a timeline and list of resources related to the implementation. This product is suggested for all Medicare Fee-For-Service Providers and is available in downloadable format at http://www.cms.hhs.gov/MLNProducts/downloads/5010EDI_RefCard_ICN904284.pdf.



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“Caregiving Education” Publication



New! A new publication titled “Caregiving Education” (September 2010) is now available in downloadable format from the Medicare Learning Network® at http://www.cms.gov/MLNProducts/downloads/MLN_CaregivingEducation.pdf. Medicare will pay for certain types of caregiver education when it is provided as part of a patient’s medically-necessary face-to-face visit. This publication provides information on how to bill for Caregiver Education under Medicare Parts A and B.



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“Medicare Information for Advanced Practice Nurses and Physician Assistants” Booklet



New! A new Medicare Learning Network® booklet titled “Medicare Information for Advanced Practice Nurses and Physician Assistants” (September 2010), which is designed to provide education on Medicare requirements for advanced practice nurses (APN) and physician assistants (PA), is now available in downloadable format at

http://www.cms.gov/MLNProducts/downloads/Medicare_Information_for_APNs_and_PAs_Booklet_ICN901623.pdf. This publication provides information about required qualifications, coverage criteria, billing, and payment for Medicare services furnished by APNs and PAs.



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“Understanding the Remittance Advice for Institutional Providers” Web-Based Training



Revised! The Medicare Learning Network® is now offering the “Understanding the Remittance Advice for Institutional Providers” Web-Based Training. This WBT is designed to educate all institutional providers who bill Medicare with general RA information. It includes instructions to help you interpret the RA received from Medicare and reconcile it against submitted claims. It also provides guidance on how to read Electronic Remittance Advices (ERAs) and Standard Paper Remittance Advices (SPRs), as well as information on balancing an RA. This activity offers continuing education and is available from the MLN at http://www.cms.gov/MLNproducts by scrolling to the bottom of the page and selecting Web-Based Training Modules from the Related Links Inside CMS section.



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Reminder about Important Timely Filing Requirement Information

If you are a Medicare Fee-For-Service physician, provider, or supplier submitting claims to Medicare for payment, this is very important information you need to know. Effective immediately, any Medicare Fee-For-Service claim with a date of service on or after Jan 1, 2010, must be received by your Medicare contractor no later than one calendar year (12 months) from the claim’s date of service – or Medicare will deny the claim.



If you have Medicare Fee-For-Service claims with a service dates from Oct 1, 2009, through Dec 31, 2009, those claims MUST be received by Dec 31, 2010, or Medicare will deny them. Claims with services dates from Jan 1, 2009, to Oct 1, 2009, keep their original Dec 31, 2010, deadline for filing.



When claims for services require reporting a line item date of service, the line item date will be used to determine the date of service. CR 7080, issued on July 30, 2010, clarified that for institutional claims containing claim level span dates of service (ie. a “From” and “Through” date span on the claim), the “Through” date on the claim shall be used to determine the date of service for claims filing timeliness. Conversely, professional claims containing claim level span dates of service (ie. a “From” and “Through” date span on the claim), the “From” date on the claim shall be used to determine the date of service for claims filing timeliness.



For additional information about the new maximum period for claims submission filing dates, contact your Medicare contractor, or review the MLN Matters articles listed below related to this subject:

§ MM6960 – “Systems Changes Necessary to Implement the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) Section 6404 - Maximum Period for Submission of Medicare Claims Reduced to Not More Than 12 Months” – http://www.cms.gov/MLNMattersArticles/downloads/MM6960.pdf

§ MM7080 – “Timely Claims Filing: Additional Instructions” – http://www.cms.gov/MLNMattersArticles/downloads/MM7080.pdf

You can also listen to a podcast on this subject by visiting http://www.cms.gov/CMSFeeds/02_listofpodcasts.asp.



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November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month and Thu Nov 18 is the Great American Smokeout



The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services asks the provider community to keep their patients with Medicare healthy by encouraging eligible patients to take advantage of Medicare-covered smoking and tobacco-use cessation and counseling to prevent tobacco use services.



Tobacco continues to be the leading cause of preventable death in the United States. Smoking can attribute to and exacerbate lung disease, including lung cancer, as well as other diseases, such as heart disease, stroke, hypertension and diabetes. Medicare provides coverage for smoking and tobacco-use cessation counseling services for certain symptomatic beneficiaries. In addition, effective Wed Aug 25, 2010, Medicare began covering counseling to prevent tobacco use for certain asymptomatic beneficiaries.



What Can You Do? As a health care professional who provides care to patients with Medicare, you can help protect the health of your patients by encouraging them to take advantage of Medicare-covered preventive services, including tobacco counseling services, that are appropriate for them.



For More Information: CMS has developed several educational products related to Medicare-covered tobacco-counseling services. They are all available, free of charge, from the Medicare Learning Network®:

§ The MLN Preventive Services Educational Products Web Page – provides descriptions and ordering information for Medicare Learning Network® educational products for health care professionals related to Medicare-covered preventive services. Visit http://www.cms.hhs.gov/MLNProducts/35_PreventiveServices.asp.

§ MLN Matters Article MM7133 Counseling to Prevent Tobacco Use – this educational article provides coverage, coding and payment information on counseling to prevent tobacco use for asymptomatic beneficiaries. Available as a downloadable PDF only at http://www.cms.gov/MLNMattersArticles/downloads/MM7133.pdf.

§ The Smoking and Tobacco-Use Cessation Counseling Services brochure – this brochure provides information on coverage for smoking and tobacco-use cessation counseling services for symptomatic beneficiaries. This product is available in hardcopy or as a downloadable PDF at http://www.cms.gov/MLNProducts/downloads/smoking.pdf.

§ The Guide to Medicare Preventive Services for Physicians, Providers, Suppliers, and Other Health Care Professionals – provides coverage and coding information on Medicare-covered preventive services and screenings. Available as a downloadable PDF only at http://www.cms.hhs.gov/MLNProducts/downloads/mps_guide_web-061305.pdf.

§ Quick Reference Information: Medicare Preventive Services – this chart provides coverage and coding information on Medicare-covered preventive services. Visit http://www.cms.hhs.gov/MLNProducts/downloads/MPS_QuickReferenceChart_1.pdf.

§ The Medicare Preventive Services Series: Part 2 Web-Based-Training course – includes lessons on coverage, coding, and billing for Medicare-covered preventive services, including smoking and tobacco-use cessation counseling services for symptomatic beneficiaries. To access the course, please visit the MLN home page at http://www.cms.gov/MLNGenInfo, scroll down to “Related Links Inside CMS,” and click on “Web-Based Training (WBT) Modules.”



Please visit the Medicare Learning Network for more information on these and other Medicare fee-for-service educational products. For more information on Lung Cancer Awareness Month, please visit the Lung Cancer Alliance’s official page at http://www.lungcanceralliance.org/involved/lcam_month.html. For additional information on the Great American Smokeout, please visit the American Cancer Society’s official page at http://www.cancer.org/Healthy/StayAwayfromTobacco/GreatAmericanSmokeout/index.

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10. Medicare Improves Access to Preventive Services for 2011; New Physician Payment Policies Emphasize Role of Primary Care



The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule with comment period that will implement key provisions in the Affordable Care Act of 2010 that expand preventive services for Medicare beneficiaries, improve payments for primary care services, and promote access to health care services in rural areas. The new policies will apply to payments under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) for services furnished on or after Jan 1, 2011.



The final rule with comment period implements provisions in the Affordable Care Act that expand beneficiary access to preventive services and, for the first time, provide coverage under the traditional fee-for-service program for an annual wellness visit beginning Jan 1, 2011. This visit augments the benefits of the Initial Preventive Physical Examination (IPPE or “Welcome to Medicare Visit”) with an annual visit that allows the physician and patient to develop a personalized prevention plan that considers not only the age-appropriate preventive services generally available to Medicare beneficiaries, but additional services that may be appropriate because of the patient’s individual health status. CMS will accept comments on certain aspects of the final rule with comment period until Jan 3, 2011.



To view the rule and supporting documentation, visit http://www.cms.gov/PhysicianFeeSched/PFSFRN/itemdetail.asp?itemID=CMS1240932. To read the entire CMS press release issued on Wed Nov 3, visit http://www.cms.gov/apps/media/press_releases.asp. CMS also issued fact sheets with additional details, available at http://www.cms.gov/apps/media/fact_sheets.asp.

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11. 2011 Payment Changes for Medicare Home Health Services; Final Rule Reflects Improvements to Quality and Efficiency of Care



The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule to update the Home Health Prospective Payment System (HH PPS) rates for calendar year 2011. This final rule reflects CMS’s ongoing efforts to improve quality of care provided by home health agencies to Medicare beneficiaries. The rule promotes efficiency in payments, implements various Affordable Care Act (ACA) provisions and enhances Medicare’s program integrity. The rule will be published in the Federal Register on Wed Nov 17, 2010; the effective date is Jan 1, 2011.



Home health agency (HHA) payments are estimated to decrease by approximately 4.89 percent – or $960 million – in 2011. This impact accounts for ACA provisions, wage index and market basket updates, and case-mix coding adjustments. Under the new law, the existing home health agency outlier cap becomes permanent and HH PPS rates are reduced by an additional 2.5 percent. The rule mandates that CMS apply a one percentage point reduction to the CY2011 home health market basket amount; this results in a 1.1 percent market basket update for HHAs in CY2011.



To view the rule, visit http://www.cms.gov/HomeHealthPPS/HHPPSRN/itemdetail.asp?itemID=CMS1240989. To read the entire CMS press release issued on Wed Nov 3, visit http://www.cms.gov/apps/media/press_releases.asp. More information is also available at www.healthcare.gov, a new web portal from the US Department of Health and Human Services

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12. Medicare DMEPOS Rules to Take Effect in 2011



The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced that the following final rule is on display at the Federal Register: “Medicare Program; Payment Policies Under the Physician Fee Schedule and Other Revisions to Part B for CY 2011.” The rule (CMS-1503-FC) can be viewed at http://www.cms.gov/PhysicianFeeSched/PFSFRN/list.asp.



This final rule includes provisions regarding the following DMEPOS subjects that impact the Medicare DMEPOS Competitive Bidding Program:

§ The establishment of an appeals process for competitive bidding contract suppliers that are notified that they are in breach of contract.

§ The subdivision of metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) with populations over 8,000,000 into smaller competitive bidding areas (CBAs), in particular Chicago, New York and Los Angeles.

§ The addition of 21 MSAs to the 70 MSAs already included in the Round 2 Competitive Bidding program, for a total of 91 MSAs.

§ The addition of the following policies affecting future competitions for diabetic testing supplies following Round 1:

o Revision of the definition of a “mail order” item to include any item shipped or delivered to a beneficiary’s home, regardless of the method of delivery;

o Requirement that bidding suppliers demonstrate that their bid covers types of diabetic testing strip products that, in the aggregate and taking into account volume for the different products, cover at least 50 percent of the types of test strips products on the market; and

o Prohibition of contract suppliers from influencing or incentivizing

beneficiaries to switch types of test strips or glucose monitors.

§ The exemption of off-the shelf orthotics from competitive bidding when provided by a physician to his or her own patients or a hospital to its own patients.

§ The elimination of the lump sum purchase option for standard power wheelchairs furnished on or after January 1, 2011, and adjustments to the amount of the capped rental payments for both standard and complex rehabilitative power wheelchairs.



Appeals Process: We finalized, in the final rule, an appeals process for suppliers who have been notified that they are in breach of their DMEPOS competitive bidding contract. Depending on the circumstances, suppliers initially will either be afforded a process for submitting a corrective action plan or request a hearing prior to termination of the contract. The appeals process will ensure that suppliers have appeal rights and that they receive an opportunity to be heard before their contract is terminated.



Subdivision of the Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSA): Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act of 2008 (MIPPA) allows us to subdivide MSAs with populations over 8,000,000 into smaller CBAs. We will subdivide the three largest MSAs: Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL-IN-WI; Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, CA; and New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, NY-NJ-PA. We finalized the regulation to subdivide MSAs along county lines as we believe county lines are well-defined and more static.



Addition of 21 MSAs to 70 MSAs: The Affordable Care Act requires that we expand Round 2 of the competitively bidding program by adding an additional 21 of the largest MSAs based on total population to the original 70 already selected for Round 2. We have included this requirement in the regulation.



Diabetic Testing Supplies: MIPPA specifies that a national competition for mail order items and services is to be phased in after 2010. The regulation includes provisions to implement a national mail order competition for diabetic supplies in 2011 that includes all home deliveries while maintaining the local pharmacy pickup choice for beneficiaries. We are also implementing the special “50 percent rule” mandated by MIPPA and implementing an anti-switching requirement as part of the terms of the competitive bidding contract.



Exemption of Off-the Shelf (OTS) Orthotics from CBP: This regulation implements the MIPPA requirement to extend the competitive bidding exception to OTS orthotics furnished by: (1) a physician or other practitioner (as defined by the Secretary) to the physician’s or practitioner’s own patients as part of the physician’s or practitioner’s professional service; or (2) a hospital to the hospital’s own patients during an admission or on the date of discharge from the hospital.



Elimination of Additional Rental Payments: The regulation also solicited comments on whether to maintain the additional rental payments made to contract suppliers when a beneficiary does not continue to get capped rental or oxygen equipment from his or her current supplier.



We received nine public comments on this rule and will take them under consideration for future proposed rulemaking.



In addition to the competitive bidding rules, this regulation addresses the following payment policies for power-driven wheelchairs and oxygen and oxygen equipment:

§ Lump Sum Purchase Option for Standard Power Wheelchairs: Sections 3136(a)(1) and (2) of the Affordable Care Act required revisions to the regulations to eliminate lump sum (up-front) purchase payment for standard power-driven wheelchairs and permit payment only on a monthly rental basis for standard power-driven wheelchairs. For complex rehabilitative power-driven wheelchairs, the regulations will continue to permit payment to be made on a lump sum purchase method or a monthly rental method. Also, payment adjustments required by the statute were made for power-driven wheelchairs under the Medicare Part B DMEPOS fee schedule to pay 15 percent (instead of 10 percent) of the purchase price for the first three months under the monthly rental method and 6 percent (instead of 7.5 percent) for remaining rental months. Payment is based on the lower of the supplier’s actual charge and the fee schedule amount. These changes do not apply to power-driven wheelchairs furnished pursuant to contracts entered into prior to January 1, 2011 as part of the Medicare DMEPOS Competitive Bidding Program.



§ Oxygen and Oxygen Equipment: We have decided not to finalize this proposed revision for situations where a beneficiary relocates on or after the 18th month rental payment and before the 36-month rental at this time due to evidence that beneficiaries who relocate before the 36th month find suppliers to furnish the oxygen and oxygen equipment. We will consider implementing this regulatory change in the future if we determine that beneficiaries are having difficulty locating suppliers when they relocate during the 36-month rental period



These provisions are found in Sections H, N, P, Q, and R of the 2011 Physician Fee Schedule final rule, which is now on display at the Office of the Federal Register. The final rule (CMS-1503-FC) is available at http://www.cms.gov/PhysicianFeeSched/PFSFRN/list.asp.

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13. Medicare DSH Eligibility Data



CMS has developed a limited view of the HIPAA Eligibility Transaction System (HETS) to allow hospitals that receive Medicare Disproportionate Share (DSH) payments to view Medicare enrollment information for their hospital inpatients.



The data available via HETS 270/271 DSH will allow hospitals to verify that patients eligible for Medicaid are not also entitled to Medicare Part A benefits. In addition, hospitals can verify Medicare enrollment for their hospital inpatients, including whether a patient is entitled to Medicare Part A benefits, enrolled in a Medicare managed care plan, or has Medicare as its secondary insurance. HETS 270/271 is an electronic data interchange (EDI) system that uses current ANSI X12 formatting standards. Submitters must connect to HETS 270/271 via the Medicare Data Communication Network (MDCN). Additional information about the HETS 270/271 system, including connectivity and file formatting requirements, is available online at http://www.cms.hhs.gov/hetshelp.



Applicants interested in receiving the HETS 270/271 DSH view may contact the MCARE Help Desk (Monday through Friday, 7am to 9pm EST) at 866-324-7315, or send an email to mcare@cms.hhs.gov for additional information. The MCARE Help Desk will work with you and provide you with all documentation necessary to obtain access to the Medicare DSH view.

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14. October 2010 Quarterly Provider Specific Data Updates



The October 2010 Quarterly Provider Specific Files (PSF) SAS data files and text data files are now available on the CMS website. The SAS data files are available at http://www.cms.hhs.gov/ProspMedicareFeeSvcPmtGen/04_psf_SAS.asp and the text data files are available at http://www.cms.hhs.gov/ProspMedicareFeeSvcPmtGen/03_psf_text.asp, both in the Downloads section.

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15. Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) Code Set Update



The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is pleased to announce the scheduled release of modifications to the Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) code set. These changes have been posted to the HCPCS website at http://www.cms.gov/HCPCSReleaseCodeSets/ANHCPCS/list.asp; changes are effective as of the date indicated on the update.

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16. Inpatient Psychiatric Facility PPS RY2011 PC Pricer Update



The Inpatient Psychiatric Facility (IPF) PPS PC Pricer for RY2011 has been updated on the CMS Website to correct commorbidity logic and for claims dates from 2010-10-01 to 2011-06-30. If you use the IPF PPS PC Pricer for RY2011, please visit http://www.cms.hhs.gov/PCPricer/09_inppsy.asp and download the latest versions of the IPF PPS RY2011 PC Pricers, posted Tue Nov 2, for commorbidity logic and posted Wed Nov 3 for claims.

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17. Medicare Remit Easy Print Software Codes Update



Medicare Fee-for-Service Professional Providers and Suppliers: The latest Claim Adjustment Reason Codes and Remittance Advice Remark Codes are available in the Codes.ini file for the MREP software. You can access this file in the zipped folder for “Medicare Remit Easy Print - Version 2.7” at http://www.cms.gov/AccesstoDataApplication/02_MedicareRemitEasyPrint.asp.

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18. 2009 Physician Quality Reporting Initiative Incentive Payment Update



The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is pleased to announce that incentive payments for the 2009 Physician Quality Reporting Initiative (PQRI) will begin this fall for eligible professionals who met the criteria for successful reporting. Carriers and Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) began processing and distributing 2009 PQRI incentive payments on Mon Oct 25. Distribution of 2009 PQRI incentive payments is scheduled to be completed by Fri Nov 12, 2010. Remember that PQRI incentives earned by individual participating physicians and other eligible professionals are paid as a lump-sum to the Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN) under which the professional’s claims were submitted. It is then up to the TIN to decide how to distribute the incentive within the practice.



Effective January 2010, CMS revised the manner in which incentive payment information is communicated to eligible professionals receiving electronic remittance advices. CMS has instructed Medicare contractors to use a new indicator of ‘LE’ to indicate incentive payments instead of ‘LS.’ ‘LE’ will appear on the electronic remit. In an effort to further clarify the type of incentive payment issued (either PQRI or Electronic Prescribing Incentive Program), CMS created a 4-digit code to indicate the type of incentive and reporting year. For the 2009 PQRI incentive payments, the 4-digit code is ‘PQ09.’ This code will be displayed on the electronic remittance advice along with the ‘LE’ indicator. For example, eligible professionals will see ‘LE’ to indicate an incentive payment, along with ‘PQ09’ to identify that payment as the 2009 PQRI incentive payment. Additionally, the paper remittance advice will read, “This is a PQRI incentive payment.” The year will not be included in the paper remittance.



2009 PQRI feedback reports will be available on the Physician and Other Health Care Professionals Quality Reporting Portal at http://www.qualitynet.org/PQRI, starting the second week of November. TIN-level reports on the Portal require an Individuals Authorized Access to CMS Computer Services (IACS) account. Participants may also contact their Carrier/MAC to request individual NPI-level reports via an alternate feedback report fulfillment process. View the Medicare Learning Network (MLN) article at http://www.cms.gov/MLNMattersArticles/downloads/SE0922.pdf for additional details.



Who to Contact for Questions? If you have questions about the status of your PQRI incentive payment (during the distribution timeframe), please contact your Provider Contact Center. The Contact Center Directory is available at http://www.cms.gov/MLNProducts/Downloads/CallCenterTollNumDirectory.zip. Contact the QualityNet Help Desk (7am-7pm CST, at 866-288-8912 or qnetsupport@sdps.org) with any of the following issues:

§ PQRI Portal password issues

§ PQRI/eRx feedback report availability and access

§ PQRI-IACS registration questions

§ PQRI-IACS login issues

Program- and measure-specific questions

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19. November Flu Shot Reminder



Each Office Visit is an Opportunity. Medicare patients give many reasons for not getting their annual flu vaccination, but the fact is that there are an average of 36,000 flu-related deaths in the United States each year, and more than 90% of these deaths occur in people 65 years of age and older. Please talk with your Medicare patients about the importance of getting their annual flu vaccination. This Medicare-covered preventive service will protect them for the entire flu season. And remember, vaccination is important for health care workers too, who may spread the flu to high risk patients. Don’t forget to immunize yourself and your staff. Protect your patients. Protect your family. Protect yourself. Get Your Flu Vaccine - Not the Flu.



Remember – Influenza vaccine plus its administration are covered Part B benefits. Note that influenza vaccine is NOT a Part D covered drug. For information about Medicare’s coverage of the influenza vaccine and its administration, as well as related educational resources for health care professionals and their staff, please visit http://www.cms.gov/MLNProducts/Downloads/Flu_Products.pdf and http://www.cms.gov/AdultImmunizations.

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20. A new "twist" in the law makes it easier to save on your prescription drug costs.



http://www.ssa.gov/prescriptionhelp/



Under a new law, more Medicare beneficiaries could qualify for Extra Help with their Medicare prescription drug plan costs because some things no longer count as income and resources. The Extra Help is estimated to be worth an average of $3,900 per year. To qualify for the Extra Help, a person must be on Medicare, have limited income and resources, and reside in one of the 50 states or the District of Columbia.

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