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New Medicare I.D. numbers coming
By FCA Help Desk   
Friday, 16 June 2017
Medicare is taking steps to remove Social Security numbers from Medicare cards. CMS will start mailing new cards to people with Medicare benefits in April 2018. All Medicare cards will be replaced by April 2019. 
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ALERT: Respond Promptly to Request for Revalidation
By the FCA Help Desk   
Wednesday, 17 May 2017
Medicare is beginning the revalidation process again.  If a practitioner or practice fails to respond timely to these requests they will be deactivated AND will not be able to bill Medicare or collect from the patient for services rendered while deactivated. Members are encouraged to alert their staff to look for any correspondence from Medicare or First Coast Service Options and respond urgently.  Revalidations can be time consuming and frustrating.  The financial impact could be significant, however, if not handled with urgency and importance. Continue reading for important links to help you revalidate with greater success.
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Evaluate First Coast Service Options' services in 10 minutes
By FCA Help Desk   
Thursday, 11 May 2017
Letter to Medicare providers:

First Coast Service Options, your Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC) for the traditional Medicare program, would like to request your opinion of our service by taking the MAC Satisfaction Indicator (MSI) survey. Your feedback goes directly to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and helps us understand how we can better service you. This survey should only take about 10 minutes of your time and closes May 31. 
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Strategic Health Solutions Begins Audit of Medicare Chiropractic Records
By the FCA Help Desk   
Friday, 06 January 2017
Many doctors have been notified of a Medicare audit conducted by Strategic Health Solutions. Strategic Health Solutions has been contracted to perform and provide medical review functions of Medicare and Medicaid programs.  Strategic Health is currently performing medical review of records through the project Y4P0434 for Chiropractic Services.
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Medicare Audits in Florida Have Arrived
By the FCA Help Desk   
Thursday, 08 December 2016
The FCA Help Desk has received several calls this week regarding a request for records from StrategicHealthSolutions, an audit contractor for CMS (Medicare). Please be aware of a potential request for records and do NOT ignore. The FCA Help Desk is gathering Information to assist our members in responding. If you wish to discuss this with Mollie Frawley, FCA Help Desk Coordinator, please email her at insurance@fcachiro.org with your best contact information AND your FCA member number or your Florida DC license number.
 
Read more for helpful steps to take if you receive an audit letter. 
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Changes Coming on Which Diagnoses to Bill for Florida Medicare
By the FCA Help Desk   
Wednesday, 03 August 2016
First Coast Service Options, the Florida Medicare Contractor, will be updating their LCD for Chiropractic Services in the near future.
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Hardship Exemptions Possible F or Medicare EHR Reimbursement Reductions
By the FCA Help Desk   
Thursday, 03 March 2016
If you will not be attesting to or meeting Meaningful Use through the implementation of a certified Electronic Health Record during 2015, you may be eligible for a "Hardship Exemption" that would avoid that reimbursement reduction in 2017. The deadline for applying for this exemption has been moved to July 1,2016.
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PQRS 2016 Reporting Measures for Chiropractic Physicians Available
By the FCA Help Desk   
Monday, 21 December 2015
The ACA has posted the 2016 PQRS measures for Chiropractic Physicians.  The codes and additional information are available through this link.
 
FCSO Is Promoting Electronic Remittance Advices
By the FCA Help Desk   
Wednesday, 30 September 2015

First Coast Service Options, the Florida Medicare Contractor for Regular/Original Medicare claims, is encouraging providers that are currently receiving paper Remittance Advices (EOB's) to sign up for Electronic Remittance Advices.  We are assured that this remains voluntary, but offers the benefits of electronic technology.  Read further to learn more and view the notice from First Coast.

 

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Senate Clears Legislation to Prevent Medicare Payment Cuts
By the American Chiropractic Association   
Wednesday, 15 April 2015
Chiropractic documentation education, new quality-reporting incentives included in measure
 
Arlington, Va. - The U.S. Senate, following the earlier lead of the House, late last night passed a long-awaited "permanent fix" to the flawed Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula used to determine provider reimbursement levels under the federal Medicare program. The plan would give physicians treating Medicare patients, including doctors of chiropractic (DCs), an annual payment increase of 0.5 percent for the next five years, with value-based payments starting after that time. 
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