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NAHC Report: Issue# 2362, 1/30/2014
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CMS Develops New Billing Codes for Chronic Care Management Services
CMS Blocking Reimbursements for some Home Health Agencies
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CMS Develops New Billing Codes for Chronic Care Management Services

The 2014 final rule for the Medicare physician fee schedule included the addition of a new payment code for chronic care management to begin in 2015. The new code will allow reimbursement for non-face to face time physicians spend managing patients with multiple chronic conditions that are not reimbursed under the current Evaluation and Management codes physicians bill for office visits. These codes are in addition to the recently added Transition Care Management codes (TCM 99495-99496), which also reimburses physicians for non-face to face time association with transitioning patients to the community.

In the final rule, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Service (CMS) agreed to assign only one code for chronic care management services rather than two separate codes, and shorten the time frame for providing the service from 60 minutes per 90 days to 20 minutes per 30 days. The new code will read as follows:

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CMS Blocking Reimbursements for some Home Health Agencies

Modern Healthcare recently reported that CMS is, “temporarily blocking several home health agencies and ground ambulance suppliers located around the country from enrolling in and receiving reimbursement from the Medicare, Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance (CHIP) programs.

The article continues, stating that:

The affected entities are located in Chicago, Fort Lauderdale, FL, Miami, Detroit, Dallas, Houston and the Greater Philadelphia area. The freezes are allowed under a provision in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that aims to move the CMS beyond a “pay and chase” fraud model to one that’s focused on prevention, CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner said in a statement…

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NAHC 2014 March on Washington Conference & Exposition
The Mayflower Renaissance Hotel | Washington, DC | March 23-26, 2014

Special Offer Pricing for NAHC Members Extended to February 5!

Act now and save on one of NAHC’s most exciting events. NAHC members can register for the 2014 March on Washington Conference & Exposition at the special rate of $350. That’s nearly $150 in savings if you register by February 5. The 2014 March on Washington Conference & Exposition provides the perfect chance for you to make an impact on those who make the policies that affect home care and hospice. Together we can raise awareness of the issues that shape our business. So lend your voice as we deliver a unified message on Capitol Hill. Meet with your members of Congress. Tell them why home care matters to constituents in your state. Then take advantage of an unrivalled chance to network with your peers and attend educational sessions led by experts in our field.

You’ll receive full admission to the educational sessions and exhibit hall and hear addresses by leading advocates for home and hospice. You’ll get insights from political pundits who have the inside scoop on Washington, DC.

To take advantage of our special offer, you can register the following ways:

To register, click here.
By fax: 202.547.3660
By mail: NAHC Meetings, P.O. Box 37558, Baltimore, MD 21297-3558

To make Hotel Reservations: The NAHC Discount Rate is $ 289.00/night (single/double) or $389.00/night (suite), click here.

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