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CMS: Temporary Claims Hold Pending Congressional Action to Extend 2% Sequester Reduction Suspension
Medicare/CMS News
Thursday, 01 April 2021
(From CMS Newsletter of March 30, 2021)  "In anticipation of possible Congressional action to extend the 2% sequester reduction suspension, we instructed the Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) to hold all claims with dates of service on or after April 1, 2021, for a short period without affecting providers’ cash flow. This will minimize the volume of claims the MACs must reprocess if Congress extends the suspension; the MACs will automatically reprocess any claims paid with the reduction applied if necessary." 
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Senate Passes Bill Delaying Medicare Sequester Cuts
Medicare/CMS News
Friday, 26 March 2021

(From Modern Healthcare)  The U.S. Senate voted Thursday to delay Medicare payment cuts for the rest of the year, a big win for hospitals and providers.   The 2% cuts originally took effect in 2013 but were paused by Congress last year in response to the pandemic and its effect on providers' finances.  The cuts totaling $18 billion were scheduled to resume next week absent Congressional action. 

The legislation still needs consideration by the House.  Please stay tuned for more news and potential calls to action.  Profound thanks to all FCA members who reached out to Senators Rubio and Scott through this past week's email campaign posted on the FCA website.

 
2% Medicare Sequester Moratorium Ends March 31st. Contact Your U.S. Senators TODAY!
Medicare/CMS News
Monday, 22 March 2021

Medicare Cuts Coming April 1st Without Action From U.S. Senate!

Background

H.R. 1868 contains two critical sections:

 

  • Section 1: The Statutory Pay-As-You-Go (PAYGO) Act requires across-the-board cuts (sequestration) to certain programs, including Medicare, if certain legislation affecting mandatory spending or revenues increases net deficits. Legislation that Congress designates as an emergency or otherwise excludes from the PAYGO scorecard does not trigger sequestration. Restrictions on the content of reconciliation bills prevented the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 from including a provision to avert sequestration.
  • H.R. 1868 will protect Medicare and other programs from PAYGO sequestration. If not passed, the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule would see an additional 4% cut – the maximum sequestration cut allowed – beginning in 2022.
  • Section 2: The bill also extends a separate Medicare sequester relief provision, first enacted in the CARES Act, that expires March 31. It would postpone cuts through the end of 2021.

 

Please email your U.S. Senators today and ask them to support H.R. 1868, legislation that would postpone the 2% cut scheduled for April 1st and stop the cuts associated with the American Rescue Plan. Every email received on Capitol Hill lets lawmakers know how important this issue is and how they can help Medicare patients who choose to see a chiropractor for their health care needs.  

We've provided a convenient fill-in form below, with help from the Congress of Chiropractic State Associations (ChiroCongress). It takes less than a minute to contact your US Senator on this important issue!  

 
2021 Medicare Fees Now Available
Medicare/CMS Forms & Resources
Tuesday, 05 January 2021

The 2021 Florida Medicare Fee Schedules as of 1/4/2021 are available.  Each of the 3 payable chiropractic codes in each of Florida’s 3 regions have three possible allowable fees: Par allowable, NonPar allowable and NonPar limiting fee.  These 9 fees are explained in the downloadable document linked below.

 

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Medicare ABN Form Updated: Use Mandated by January 1, 2021
Medicare/CMS Forms & Resources
Friday, 07 August 2020
CMS has approved the updated ABN form with an expiration date of 6/30/2023.  The deadline date for use of this updated form, originally mandated by August 31, 2020, has been extended to 1/1/2021 due to the pandemic. The renewed form may be implemented prior to the mandatory deadline. Read on for links to the form, instructions and important clarifications.
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2021 ICD10 Codes Available
Medicare/CMS Forms & Resources
Friday, 10 July 2020

ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Codes: FY 2021

FY 2021 ICD-10-CM diagnosis codes are now available for patient encounters that occur from October 1, 2020, through September 30, 2021.

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Medicare Beneficiaries May Suddenly Not Owe ANY Copays
Medicare/CMS News
Monday, 15 June 2020
Qualified Medicare Beneficiaries, QMBs, cannot be charged for any Copayments or Deductibles.  Who is a QMB?  A patient who is eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid.

With the Coronavirus pandemic, many Medicare Beneficiaries have recently qualified for Medicaid.  This applies whether the patient has regular or traditional Medicare, or if they have an Advantage or Medicare replacement plan.  As Medicaid eligibility can change from month to month, at any time of the month, a Medicare patient may become dually eligible between visits.
 
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Medicare 2020 Fees for Chiropractors
Medicare/CMS Forms & Resources
Friday, 10 January 2020

The 2020 Florida Medicare Fee Schedules as of 1/7/2020 are available.

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Medicare Denials 1/1/2020 for old patient I.D. numbers
Medicare/CMS News
Thursday, 14 November 2019
Effective January 1, Medicare will reject claims without the Medicare Beneficiaries current MBI number.
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New Medicare Card: Claim Reject Codes After January 1
Medicare/CMS News
Thursday, 24 October 2019

Starting January 1, 2020, you must use Medicare Beneficiary Identifiers (MBIs) when billing Medicare regardless of the date of service:

Advisory from Medicare. 

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