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Exempt from MIPS?  Think Again About Participating as a Group

With the first year of the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) already well underway, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) began sending out MIPS Participation Status Letters in April. The letters were sent to each Eligible Clinician (EC) associated with a group Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN).  An EC can also check the Medicare Quality Payment Program (QPP) web site to determine his or her eligibility.  The letter and web site contain general information about participation in MIPS, along with email and telephone contact information that should be used if a provider feels his or her status is incorrect.


Radiology Billing and Coding Blog

Best Practices in Radiology Patient Billing

 Maximizing the patient experience is no longer limited to the achievement of clinical success. It is a critical component of the new, broader partnership between provider and patient – one that now encompasses conversations regarding not only service quality and cost, but also places a greater focus on practice billing processes in line with the higher demands inherent to the new patient consumerism trend.  

 


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The Top 3 Reasons for Radiology Claims Denials and How to Avoid Them

The goal of a well-managed radiology billing operation is to submit claims for services promptly and receive reimbursement as quickly as possible. Timely submission and prompt payment enhance the practice’s cash flow and keep the overall cost of billing at a minimum.  All too often, however, payment is delayed because the payer denies the claim for some reason. 


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Delivering the Results of Imaging Examinations Can Improve Patients’ View of Radiologists

The new healthcare economy is redefining many working relationships that have remained unchanged for years. As a prime example, radiologists are understandably concerned about becoming viewed as commodities rather than as physicians who fill a vital role in patient care. One way for them to escape this stereotype is to have more direct interaction with patients, which will also simultaneously achieve one of the goals of the American College of Radiology’s (ACR) Imaging 3.0 initiative – to provide patient-centered, value-based care.


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A Program for Successful PQRS Participation for Radiology Practices – Step 7

At Healthcare Administrative Partners, our mission is to educate practices on CMS Quality Programs and provide a path to optimized performance even in the most challenging markets. This is the final installment of our series of articles, “A Program for Successful PQRS Participation for Radiology Practices,” which was specifically designed to help you maximize reimbursement and reduce compliance issues under the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS).  So far we’ve covered…


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How to Avoid Radiology Claims Denials – Eligibility Problems

Claims for reimbursement of radiology services are most often denied by the payer, whether it is Medicare or a commercial insurance company, because they contain inaccurate information about the patient’s eligibility for coverage. This can occur for many reasons, some of which may not be within the control of the radiology practice, but it usually can be corrected by improving the process of recording data at the time of patient registration. In this new healthcare economy where radiology practices are under pressure to add value to the patient care delivery system, effective management of claims denials can strengthen the relationship between the practice or imaging center and the hospitals they serve.


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Medicare Quality Reporting Rules are Changing

This year is the final reporting period under the now-familiar Physicians Quality Reporting System (PQRS). The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) just announced proposed regulations that will govern new Medicare quality-reporting rules known as the Quality Payment Program (QPP) beginning in 2017.  This new system, which was enacted as part of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA), comprises both the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and Alternative Payment Models (APMs).  The final rules will be published later this year, but physicians can begin now to explore whether they want to join an APM or adapt to the MIPS reporting requirements. 


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Reimbursement Benefits of Structured Radiology Reporting

Along with the entire healthcare industry in America, radiology is increasingly being asked to standardize its methods of practice. Radiologists’ reports have traditionally been free-text documents in formats that vary from physician to physician, even within group practices.  This individual style of reporting has become the radiologist’s personal signature on the work he or she has done with each patient exam but it does not lend itself to meeting modern requirements. 


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How to Avoid Radiology Claims Denials – Authorization

This article continues our series focusing on how to avoid radiology claims denials. In our first article, we covered Patient Eligibility Problems.  Now let’s look at the topic of procedure authorization, specifically the failure to obtain proper authorization before the service is performed.


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Keeping Your Radiology Practice Up to Date on Medicare Quality Reporting

Medicare-quality-reporting.pngThe Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued two reminders recently that physicians must be working constantly to maintain compliance with the Medicare quality reporting programs. The current regulations call for adjustment of the fees paid to physicians for services to Medicare patients based on annual measurement of the physicians’ performance under quality and cost metrics.  Radiologists must focus on their quality measures because the system assigns them to an Average Cost pool by default since they have little or no control over this factor.


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