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April 24, 2018

Identity Theft—IRS Clarifies Procedures on Responding to Identity Theft:  In a recent Fact Sheet, the IRS clarified that in the vast majority of tax-related identity theft cases, there is no need to file Form 14039 (Identity Theft Affidavit). This is because the IRS uses hundreds of processing filters to identify suspicious tax returns. When a …

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April 23, 2018

CMS is mailing new Medicare cards with new Medicare numbers (known as the Medicare Beneficiary Identifiers (MBIs)) to people newly enrolling in Medicare. People who already have Medicare coverage will receive their cards on a flow basis. The MBI is protected health information. Protect the MBI and only share it for Medicare-related business, just as …

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April 18, 2018

About 38 million adults in the United States drink too much. Only one in six adults have talked to a health professional. Alcohol screening and brief counseling has been proven to work and talking to your patient is the first step! All Medicare beneficiaries are eligible for alcohol screening. Medicare beneficiaries who screen positive are …

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Does your physician practice employee policy manual address sexual harassment?

April 17, 2018

If you have a policy manual, does it? As the spotlight continues to grow on workplace sexual harassment, it is more important than ever for medical practices to take the time to review their policies in order to help prevent or defend against sexual harassment claims. A comprehensive sexual harassment policy is the first step …

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What You Should do When You Need More Time to Pay the IRS

April 16, 2018

It should be obvious that all taxpayers should file their taxes on time, even if they can’t pay what they owe. This saves them from a potential failure-to-file penalty. While taxes are due by the original due date of the return, some taxpayers are unable to pay them by the deadline. Here are some tips …

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HIPAA Udpate

April 13, 2018

According to the American Institute of Healthcare Compliance,  the Office for Civil Rights (OCR), the government enforcement agency for HIPAA, has received over 173,426 HIPAA complaints and has initiated over 871 compliance reviews since implementation of the Privacy Rule in 2003. OCR reports At a Glance to have resolved ninety-seven percent of these cases (168,780). …

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2018 MIPS Eligibility Tool

April 12, 2018

Use the updated MIPS Participation Lookup Tool to check on your 2018 eligibility for the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). Just enter your National Provider Identifier to find out whether you need to participate during the 2018 performance year. To reduce the burden on small practices, CMS changed the eligibility threshold for 2018. Clinicians and …

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New Employer Credit for Paid Family and Medical Leave

April 6, 2018

I want to make you aware of a valuable new tax credit made possible by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA). The credit is available to employers that provide paid family and medical leave to their employees. The amount of the credit is generally 12.5% of wages paid to an employee on leave. However, …

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Extortion Scam Targeting DEA Registrants

April 5, 2018

DEA is aware that registrants are receiving telephone calls and emails by criminals identifying themselves as DEA employees or other law enforcement personnel.  The criminals have masked their telephone number on caller id by showing the DEA Registration Support 800 number.  Please be aware that a DEA employee would not contact a registrant and demand …

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I wonder if money is exiting your physician medical practice

April 4, 2018

It happens again and again: A physician is blind-sided by the discovery that a long-time, trusted employee has had his or her fingers in the practice till for several years, often to the tune of tens of thousands of dollars.  Often in retrospect, the signs were there, if only the physician had recognized them. They …

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