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New Medicare I.D. numbers coming
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
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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2017 Session Finally Ends, PIP Repeal Dead
Thursday, 11 May 2017
Tallahassee – State lawmakers returned to Tallahassee on Monday of this week, finally approving a state budget late in the evening, officially ending their 2017 regular session. Originally scheduled to end on the previous Friday, both Houses agreed to a three-day extension to accommodate the 72-hour “cooling off” period required before a final vote could be taken on the budget.
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Governor Scott Declares Opioid Epidemic State of Emergency
Friday, 05 May 2017
Tallahassee – In an unprecedented action, Governor Scott, Wednesday declared an opioid epidemic threatening the State of Florida with an emergency.  In his Executive Order No. 17-146, Governor Scott recognized the 33,000 nationwide deaths and 3,900 Florida deaths due to opioids.
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PIP Repeal Still in Play as Session is Extended
Thursday, 04 May 2017
Tallahassee – With less than 48 hours remaining in the Legislature’s 2017 regular session, we have learned the trial bar has not given up on their attempt to repeal PIP and replace with a mandatory bodily injury coverage requirement. Several bills on the Senate’s calendar could be vehicles for amendments and those bills are likely to receive consideration either today or tomorrow.
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