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Speech-Language Pathologists – Medicare Enrollment is June 2nd!

May 29, 2009 0 Comments
Speech-Language Pathologists – Medicare Enrollment is June 2nd!

If you are planning to enroll in Medicare as a Speech-Language Pathologist, mark your calendar for next Tuesday, June 2nd.  That is the date that CMS will begin accepting applications.  Speech language pathologists will be able to submit claims to Medicare (outpatient therapy, Part B) beginning July 1, 2009.  In order to enroll in Medicare a […]

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NARA Installs New Board Members

May 14, 2009 0 Comments
NARA Installs New Board Members

This morning at the NARA Annual Business Meeting, NARA members voted to accept changes to the Bylaws that bring the association up to date with the current operating and regulatory environment.  Following a few other business items, and sharing of statistical information, the slate of new board members and officers was presented. Joining the Board […]

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Mark Anderson Receives Prestigious Rehab Award

May 14, 2009 0 Comments
Mark Anderson Receives Prestigious Rehab Award

Mark Anderson, Owner of Mountain Land Rehab in Salt Lake City, UT, was honored this morning at the NARA Annual Legislative Meeting in Washington, D.C., with the George G. Olsen Service Award.  This honor is bestowed annually to honor a NARA member for outstanding service to the association.  The award is named in honor of […]

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NARA Conference in Full Swing in Nation’s Capital

May 14, 2009 0 Comments
NARA Conference in Full Swing in Nation’s Capital

The National Association of Rehabilitation Providers and Agencies Meeting is underway in Washinton D.C.  It is the annual legislative meeting of this group of providers to hear regulatory updates.  With a new administration in place and an economy that is challenged there are lots of pending changes in the future for healthcare providers.  At the […]

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First Coast Service Options Updates Rehab LCDs

May 7, 2009 0 Comments
First Coast Service Options Updates Rehab LCDs

First Coast Services Options, the Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC) for Florida has updated the rehab local coverage determinations (LCD) for Part A and Part B.   According to a FCSO statement regarding the changes: Indications and Limitations of Coverage and/or Medical Necessity” section of this LCD has been revised under Neuromuscular Reeducation (CPT code 97112) to […]

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RAC Contractors Update Provider Outreach Schedule Again

May 7, 2009 0 Comments
RAC Contractors Update Provider Outreach Schedule Again

The good news is that CMS and the RAC contractors continue to update the Provider Outreach schedule as we originally reported on April 24th.  The bad news is that, as we originally reported, there have been no new sessions posted that are inclusive of non-hospital or non-physician providers.  For those providers in Texas all the scheduled […]

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CMS Posts RAC Open Door Forum Part B Call Transcript

May 5, 2009 0 Comments
CMS Posts RAC Open Door Forum Part B Call Transcript

CMS has posted the transcript and audio recording of the Recovery Audit Contractor Part B Special Open Door Forum which was held on April 14th.   CMS reported that there were over 1,000 participants on the line.  Many Part A providers participated in this call, as the Part A Call (get the transcript here) was filled to […]

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Speech Language Pathologist Payment Policy Announced

May 4, 2009 0 Comments
Speech Language Pathologist Payment Policy Announced

CMS has released CR 6381, and the corresponding Transmittal R106BP to the Medicare Benefits Policy Manual and Transmittal R1717CP to the Medicare Claims Processing Manual.  CMS announces that Medicare will begin paying for appropriate claims submitted by enrolled speech-language pathologists for services provided in private practice on or after July 1, 2009.  According to CMS: […]

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