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HHS’s New Proposal May Limit Birth Control Access

Reports from several reliable sources indicate that HHS is planning to expand exemptions in order to opt out of providing birth control through their healthcare plans if they are religiously or morally against it. The proposed policy will eliminate one of the major provisions of Affordable Care Act, which requires all employees to help offer…

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The Medical Billing Reports You Need To Run Regularly

Medical billing reports can help you understand the health of your practice. These reports can help you understand how your medical practice is performing based on many revenue cycle metrics, find if the claims are paid in time, and how the insurance carriers are paying your practice for important procedures. Some of the important reports…

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Senate Finance Committee Reestablishes Bipartisan Bill Intended For Chronic Care

The Senate Finance Committee has come up with a reintroduction of the bipartisan bill intended to develop care for the chronically ill Medicare population. First introduced in 2015, the bill was not approved and was eventually expired after the adjournment of the 114th Congress. The bill also failed to secure any vote in the Senate…

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CMS Adds Administrative Simplification Fact Sheet And Infographic On Its Website

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has been actively trying to strengthen their online presence on the topic of HIPAA Administrative Simplification over the last few months. A few months earlier, CMS successfully launched a new website, which was entirely dedicated for Administrative Simplification. The website launched by CMS contains information on covered…

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Anthem-Cigna Merger Face More Hurdles

Insurance behemoth, Anthem lost their appeal of the February decision of a Federal Judge to block their 54 billion-dollar merger with Cigna. A three-judge panel rejected the appeal by Anthem, and the Department of Justice blocked their merger in the U.S. District Court noting the projected effect of the merger on competition in the market.…

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CMS Opens New Mailbox For Beneficiary Notices Initiative

The Medicare program allows the beneficiaries to receive formal notifications concerning the different benefits, denials and coverage status from the providers. The Advance Beneficiary Notices of Non-Coverage and Skilled Nursing Facility are also included along with these notifications. Previously the Congress has issued a law in 2015 called the Notice Act, which has made it…

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Federal Hiring Freeze Lifted By Trump But With Orders To Reorganize Agencies

After taking the President’s Office, Donald Trump issued an order, which places a hiring freeze for all the federal agencies. However, in the month of April, the freeze was lifted by President Trump and he proposed a 2% increase in pay for the federal employees in the coming year. He also ordered for a reorganization…

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President Trump Appoints New Personnel For Key HHS Positions

Under the tenure of President Donald Trump, some of the key HHS positions are remaining vacant mostly at the subcabinet level. In the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), hundreds of sub-cabinet level positions remain unfilled even today. A noteworthy position that is yet to be filled is the Director for the Medicare program.…

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CMS Sends MIPS Participation Letters To Eligible Clinicians

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) had recently announced that the participation letters for the Quality Payment Program (QPP) would be sent to all the Eligible Clinicians starting late April through May. The Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC), which processes the Medicare Part B claims of clinicians, will send these participation letters. Clinicians were…

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HBMA Testifies On Health Plan IDs

A non-profit, educational resource and advocacy group, the Healthcare Billing & Management Association (HBMA) recently participated in a hearing, which was conducted by the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics (NCVHS). HBMA actually represents third-party billing professionals and medical billers. The Government Relations Committee Member of HBMA, Dave Nicholson also went on to submit…

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