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Thursday, April 12, 2018   (0 Comments - view/add)
DORA releases new guidelines for prescribing and dispensing opioids »
On April 12, 2018, the Colorado Division of Regulatory Agencies announced the release of new guidelines for prescribing an...
Thursday, March 1, 2018   (0 Comments - view/add)
Anthem backs off Modifier 25 cuts »
Last week Anthem BCBS opted to terminate its planned 25 percent reimbursement cut to E/M services appended with modifier-2...
Sunday, October 15, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
Stepping up efforts to prevent opioid abuse »
By the time you read through this newsletter another person will have died from a drug overdose in the USA; one every 10 m...
Sunday, October 15, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
Resolving Medicaid payment problems »
In March of this year Colorado Medicaid officially switched over to new vendor (DXC Technology) to administer claim paymen...
Thursday, February 11, 2016   (0 Comments - view/add)
With end of ‘doc fix’, effort to craft a new payment system underway »
The SGR fix brought relief for ophthalmologists from what had become an annual ritual of threatened Medicare payment cuts...
Friday, January 22, 2016   (0 Comments - view/add)
MU Hardship Exemption »
The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) just posted information regarding changes to Medicare EHR Incentive Pr...
Tuesday, July 7, 2015   (0 Comments - view/add)
CMS Offers Grace Period to Ease ICD-10 Transition »
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)  has agreed to a grace period for the Oct. 1, 2015 implementatio...
Monday, June 22, 2015   (0 Comments - view/add)
Colorado Medicaid and CHP+ Provider Revalidation and Enrollment Begins Sept. 15, 2015 »
New federal regulations established by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) require enhanced screening and...
Monday, April 20, 2015   (0 Comments - view/add)
HCFP: Enhanced primary care rates now available »
Effectively immediately, the enhanced payment rates for evaluation and management (E&M) and vaccination codes for Medi...
Wednesday, February 25, 2015   (0 Comments - view/add)
Feds announce new EHR attestation deadline: March 20, 2015 »
Medicare-eligible professionals now have until 9:59 pm MT on March 20, 2015, to attest to meaningful use for the Medicare...
Monday, October 27, 2014   (0 Comments - view/add)
PQRS and the CMS Value-Based Payment Modifier »
Check your 2013 Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) feedback reports to see details on how you performed, urges the...
Monday, October 27, 2014   (0 Comments - view/add)
Tools available: Access fact sheet, bulletin on the 90-day grace period »
The Colorado Medical Society has made a fact sheet available on the 90-day grace period. Authorized under the Affordable C...
Monday, October 27, 2014   (0 Comments - view/add)
Oct. 31 deadline to avoid Medicare payment penalties rapidly approaching »
Time is winding down to the Oct. 31 deadline for members to sign up with the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s IRIS™ Re...
Friday, October 3, 2014   (0 Comments - view/add)
Health-Care Reform: Considerations for (Physician) Employers »
You may have heard that the health-care reform legislation passed in 2010 requires all employers to provide health insuran...
Thursday, October 2, 2014   (0 Comments - view/add)
PQRS and the CMS Value-Based Payment Modifier »
Check your 2013 Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) feedback reports to see details on how you performed, urges the...
Thursday, May 1, 2014   (0 Comments - view/add)
Medicare physician pay data release: Don't ignore it, understand it and be prepared to explain it »
By Catherine Hanson Medicare recently released a massive trove of physician payment data  to the public. Your...
Saturday, March 1, 2014   (0 Comments - view/add)
Preliminary review of certain ophthalmic codes set for April »
The American Medical Association/Specialty Society Relative Value Scale Update Committee is targeting several eye codes as...
Saturday, March 1, 2014   (0 Comments - view/add)
Meaningful Use deadline extended to March 31 »
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is giving eligible professionals an extra month to attest to meaningful use...
Wednesday, January 1, 2014   (0 Comments - view/add)
CMS delays implementation of cataract ambulatory surgery center quality reporting measure »
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has delayed implementation of a new cataract ambulatory surgery center qual...
Wednesday, January 1, 2014   (0 Comments - view/add)
Stage 2 meaningful use requirements released »
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has released a final rule defining the requirements for Stage 2 of meaningf...
Wednesday, January 1, 2014   (0 Comments - view/add)
Attest to EHR system use by Feb. 28 »
Ophthalmologists have limited time to qualify for an incentive payment through the 2013 Medicare Electronic Health Record...