New physical therapy codes for 2017 were released yesterday by CMS as part of the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule for 2017 (CMS-1654-P). The therapy community has long awaiting the anticipated changes to the current CPT coding structure. The proposed rule provides information on the new physical therapy and occupational therapy evaluation codes (we […]
Archive for March, 2009
For nearly six years providers have been notifying patients of their HIPAA Privacy Practices and Polices. In the course of compliance consulting with several clients I was asked to review their HIPAA policies. Most smaller provider took the path of least resistance when implementing their Privacy policies and used standard “template” policies and forms, as […]
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For the first time Speech Language Pathologists may now apply to have independent supplier standing with Medicare. This will put SLPs on a par with private practice physical and occupational therapists. While there are many SLPs in private practice today, they have not been able to participate in the Medicare program as an independent pracitioner. […]
CMS posted the updated Provider Outreach Schedule to the CMS RAC website last Friday. The Outreach Schedule includes the following by Region: Region A: New York Region B: Michigan, Minnesota Region C: South Carolina, Florida, Georgia Region D: Utah, Arizona, Nevada, California, Wyoming, South Dakota, North Dakota, Montana The focus of the scheduled sessions is […]
The National Association of Rehab Agencies’ spring meeting is in Washinton D.C. May 13-15. This is dubbed as the legislative meeting, and the focus will be on the political, legislative and regulatory atmosphere for the coming year. Further information can be found at http://www.naranet.org
Rehab Agencies (sometimes known as “ORFs”) and Comprehensive Outpatient Rehabilitation Facilities (CORFs) are still listed as a Tier 4 priority in Medicare’s survey and certification priorities. New providers are finding that their initial application with their fiscal intermediary or Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC) may have been approved, but their State Agency that is contracted to […]