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February 17, 2018

If you are an eligible clinician who submitted 2017 Quality performance data for the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) via claims, view your performance scores through the data submission feature. Simply login and view your calculated individual measures’ scores and category score for Program Year 2017. If you still have 2017 claims you would like …

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February 16, 2018

The beginning of a new calendar year is the perfect time to roll out a new financial policy to patients.  Far too often practices fail to understand the importance of having a detailed policy that plainly explains what is expected of patients from a financial perspective.  There are several questions that a practice should consider …

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February 15, 2018

Before the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), taxpayers could generally deduct 50% of business-related meal and entertainment expenses, and exceptions allowed bigger deductions in certain circumstances. The TCJA shifts the playing field for expenses paid or incurred after 12/31/17. Unfavorable Change Disallows Deductions for Most Entertainment Expenses Effective for amounts paid or incurred after …

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Welcome to Medicare Visit – A Revenue Generator

February 14, 2018

Be sure to identify all of your patients that will become Medicare eligible this year and reach out to them to come in for the “Welcome to Medicare Visit.” Medicare waives copays and deductibles for this visit so it is no cost to the patient unless ancillaries are ordered. See the following link for more …

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Corporation Can’t Deduct Rent Paid to Corporation’s Sole Owner Doctor and Employee

February 13, 2018

Christopher C.L. NG MD, Inc. APC v. Comm’r, T.C. Memo. 2018-14, the Tax Court held that a corporation, solely owned by a doctor who was also the corporation’s sole employee, could not deduct expenses relating to the purported rental of part of the doctor’s home. In reaching its decision, the court relied on the fact …

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New book available – Your Ultimate Guide to MIPS for 2018

February 10, 2018

A decoded, organized, easy-to-read, concise, and detailed reference and teaching tool for MIPS with everything you need to be successful for all physician practices! A must read for practice managers, administrators, executives, or clinicians navigating MIPS, Health IT Consultants and anyone interested in the details of the CMS, Merit Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). This …

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Former OCR Director sees no downturn in future HIPAA enforcement

February 9, 2018

Iliana Peters joined Polsinelli this week after a 12-year run in the Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. She most recently served as the OCR’s acting deputy director and its senior adviser for HIPAA compliance and enforcement. In an interview Thursday, Peters said that a conspicuous uptick in …

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2017 MIPS Reporting Deadlines Fast Approaching: 10 Things to Do and Know

February 8, 2018

Deadlines are fast approaching if you plan to submit data for the 2017 Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) performance period. Don’t wait until the last minute to submit your data.  Submit early and often. The two key dates are: March 16 at 8 pm Eastern time for group reporting via the CMS web interface March …

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MIPS – Are you reporting data??

February 7, 2018

As you are aware, this year Medicare will be implementing the Merit-Based Incentive Program (MIPS). I have confirmed that you are eligible for participation in this program. You must participate to avoid a negative adjustment to your future Medicare reimbursements. If you do not achieve the threshold score of the MIPS program, you will be …

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Two Pennsylvania Orthopedic Practices Settle FTC Charges That Merger Harmed Competition and Inflated Prices

February 3, 2018

An orthopedic practice in Berks County, Pennsylvania, created through a combination of six independent orthopedic practices in 2011, has agreed to settle FTC charges that the merger was anticompetitive and violated U.S. antitrust law. In its complaint against Keystone Orthopaedic Specialists, LLC, the FTC alleged that the merger combined 19 of the 25 orthopedists in …

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