(Last Updated On: October 17, 2018)

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In This Issue

  • QPP – Year 3 Proposed Rule 
  • ICD-10 Codes – Oct. 1
  • Insurance/Medicare News


  • Mobile App Webinar – Setup and Use

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Important Notices

Proposed Rule – Quality Payment Program Year 3

For Year 3, CMS aims to build and improve program policies by continually identifying low-value or low-priority process measures, which will be recommended for removal, and focus on meaningful quality outcomes for patients and streamlining reporting for clinicians. To read more of the expected changes for year 3, read the proposed rule here.

2019 ICD-10 Codes Became Effective October 1, 2018

The 2019 ICD-10 codes are in CMMS version (and higher). Install your update today and check out www.ICD10data.com for helpful tips on the latest code set.

Deadline Extended for Health Information Exchange Funding 

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has approved New York’s request for an extension of its Data Exchange Incentive Program (DEIP) through Sept. 30, 2020.  The DEIP provides funding to help defray the cost of connecting to the Statewide Health Information Network for New York through regional health information organizations.  More information about DEIP is available here.  If you would like more information on our data exchange program please contact Louise Byrne at lbyrne@sticomputer.com or 800-243-8682, ext. 2008.

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If your office performs immunizations, please remember to update your vaccine procedures.  Stay connected by subscribing to the CDC’s email service to receive updates on news and codes changes pertaining to immunization submission.  To enroll, visit the website and look for the “Get email Updates” icon in the upper right-hand corner. To subscribe, enter your email address.

Insurance and Medicare News

Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI)

Did you know the new Medicare MBI will not contain the letters S, L, O, I, B and Z.  Numbers 0 to 9 are used will be used to avoid confusion between similiar appearing letters and numbers, i.e. O and 0. You can learn more about the MBI format specs here.

MBI on Remittance Advice Starting October 1, 2018
Starting October 1, 2018  and continuing through December 31, 2019, the Medicare remittance advice (EOB) will show the Medicare ID submitted on the claim in the MID field.  If the claim was submitted with the Health Insurance Claim Number (HICN), the patient’s new MBI will be listed for your reference.  See a sample Remittance Advice here.

NY Workers’ Compensation Board Announces CMS-1500 Initiative

The NY Workers’ Compensation Board has decided to adopt the CMS-1500 form.

The Board will replace the following forms with the CMS-1500:

  • Doctor’s Initial Report (Forms C-4, EC-4)
  • Continuation to Carrier/Employer Billing Section (Form C-4.1)
  • Doctor’s Progress Report (Forms C-4.2, EC-4.2)
  • Ancillary Medical Report (Forms C-4AMR, EC-4AMR)
  • Doctor’s Narrative Report (Form EC-4NARR)
  • Occupational/ Physical Therapist’s Report (Forms OT/PT-4, EOT/PT-4)
  • Psychologist’s Report (Form PS-4)

The NY Workers’ Compensation Board’s expected implementation time line is as follows:

Phase 1 – Voluntary Submission (Effective January 1, 2019)

Phase 2 – Explanations of Benefits Transmittal (On or about July 1, 2019)

Phase 3 – Mandatory Submission (On or about January 1, 2020)

The full article can be found at: http://www.wcb.ny.gov/CMS-1500/index.jsp

STI will keep you posted on upcoming ChartMaker® Medical Suite changes to accommodate these new requirements.

Tricare East Rejections – New Enrollment and Payer ID Change as of January 2018
Are your Tricare East claims being denied by Change Healthcare?

  • As of January 1, 2018, Tricare North and Tricare South merged into Tricare East.
  • Enrollments were required for Claims (837), ERA (835), and if you participate in EFT, you must also complete the EFT enrollment.
  • The new payer ID is 68299
  • Payer ID 57106 and TREST are invalid payer ID codes and claims will be denied at Change Healthcare.

Check Change Healthcare’s Customer Portal (Vision).  If you are finding rejected claims and need assistance to correct the payer ID and/or to confirm your enrollment was completed, contact Practice Manager Support for assistance.

Get an Update on the Mailing Strategy
Since April 2018, CMS has been mailing new Medicare cards based on geographic location and other factors. For an up-to-date status of the mailing, read more here.

All About Mobile

ChartMaker® Mobile – Did you know that you can now view Chart Notes in the ChartMaker® Mobile App? To use this feature, upgrade today to ChartMaker® Medical Suite version 6.3.3.

ChartMaker® Mobile Webinar (Setup and Use App)

This webinar will cover the benefits of using our secure mobile app, how to enroll for it and training on the main features.

Register Here

Testimonial on ChartMaker® Mobile

I wanted to send a quick note regarding Chartmaker Mobile App which has been such a help to us.  We are a solo practice so Gordon is always on call for himself.  When he is out of the office, Chartmaker Mobile allows Gordon to have all of the patients pertinent information at his fingertips.  Gordon and I were recently out of town, and when he talked with patients, having their allergies and pharmacy information made the follow up so much faster.  And you can hit the pharmacy number and the call is on its way.  The new addition of progress notes, labs, and diagnostics makes it even more useful. If you haven’t used the app yet, download it today!  Gordon & Karen Tussing  (Gordon P. Tussing DO, PC) Click here to sign up for the mobile app >>>

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