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New Part D Opioid Overutilization Policies

CMS implemented new opioid policies for Medicare drug plans effective January 1, 2019. Medicare Part D enrollees who have not filled an opioid prescription recently (within the last 60 days) will be limited to up to a 7-...
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PCSS Discussion Forum: A Quick, Evidence-Based Resource from Clinical Experts

The PCSS Discussion Forum provides the opportunity for health professionals to discuss clinical practices around substance use disorders and opioid use disorder with colleagues and addiction and pain experts. (Sign up is required.) 

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Opioid Treatment Agreement and Prescription Drug Monitoring Program-New Bonus Points for MIPS

Two new bonus measures have been added to the Promoting Interoperability (PI) category in the MIPS (Merit-Based Incentive Payment System) program for 2019. The new measures are not required and do not contribute to the m...
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Contribute to New AMA-RAND Research

The RAND Corporation and American Medical Association are conducting research to better understand and describe how physician practices in a variety of specialties and practice arrangements (independent, IPA, health syst...
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EHR Investigation Makes the News

Fortune and ​ Kaiser Health News ​ just released the findings of a joint investigation on Electronic Health Records (EHR). The findings highlight pitfalls that many physicians recognize all too well. The time-consuming d...
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Documenting Radiology Services in 2019

CPT has again clarified the guidelines for reporting imaging and radiology supervision and interpretation codes. CPT guidelines have specifically required image documentation in the patient record for all radiology servi...
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Medicare Releases Revised Parts A & B Appeals Process Booklet

Medicare has posted its revised Parts A & B Appeals Process Booklet on the Medicare Learning Network (MLN). The booklet informs health care professionals about each level of appeal in Medicare Fee-For-Service (FFS) a...
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2018 Pain Management Salary Survey Results: Does Your Pay Slay or Is it Just OK?

 Does your pay slay or is it just OK?

 
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AmeriHealth Applies New Frequency Limits to Trigger Point Injections

AmeriHealth of New Jersey has announced a policy change effective April 1, 2019 limiting the frequency of trigger point injections that will be covered. The revised policy limits the number of injections to a maximum num...
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Pain Management Codes Posted

The Coding and Reimbursement Committee has updated the coding information available on the AAPM website. New charts have been posted that include information concerning Medicare's 2019 Relative Value Units (RVUs) for cod...
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