Tag Archives: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

2013 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized the Medicare physician fee schedule for 2013. Unless Congress intervenes, the rule implements a 26.5 percent reduction in Medicare physician payments in 2013 based on the sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula. MGMA will continue its steadfast advocacy efforts to repeal the flawed SGR formula, and we … Continue Reading

CMS Approves Physician Recruitment Contracts with Restrictive Covenants

In CMS Advisory Opinion AO-2011-01, CMS has issued a favorable advisory opinion allowing the physician recruitment arrangement with a hospital and a physician practice which imposes a restrictive covenant upon the recruited physician. Restrictive covenants and recruitment arrangements had initially been prohibited by the Stark Rules. However, bowing to industry comment, CMS amended the physician recruitment … Continue Reading

DMEPOS Accreditation Required September 30, 2009

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) reminds Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics and Supplies (DMEPOS) suppliers enrolled with the National Supplier Clearinghouse (NSC) they are required to obtain accreditation by September 30, 2009. Without accreditation, DMEPOS suppliers’ billing privileges will be revoked on or after October 1, 2009. Further, without accreditation, DMEPOS suppliers will not … Continue Reading

Alert!: CMS Warns of Physician Scam

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has become aware of a scam where perpetrators are sending faxes to physician offices posing as the Medicare carrier or Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC).  The fax instructs physician staff to respond to a questionnaire to provide an account information update within 48 hours in order to prevent … Continue Reading