Let's Help Each Other

Physical therapy is changing rapidly. As a PT with more than thirty years of experience, the changes observed in the last ten years triple those of the first twenty years. The pace of change is not slowing down. The Medigraph Blog will serve as a forum that will enable us to exchange ideas and assist each other. This blog will be used to share billing, documentation, and any other ideas to improve any aspects of our profession. If we share what we have learned, we can develop a resource that enables our collective understanding to advance our careers.

As profit margins grow smaller and expenses grow larger, we need to assist each other to survive and prosper. If we share our experiences we can help each other to grow professionally, administratively, and financially. Our professional lives, our livelihood, and our personal lives are intertwined. Our resources individually are limited. Together we can accomplish more than we can individually. Let's help each other

Regards,

Tom Kane, PT
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April 1, 2012 5010 Deadline
1/18/2012 11:11:00 AM

April 1, 2012 5010 Deadline

The 5010 changes are alive and well, and they now impact all HIPAA covered entities and transactions.  This major change can impact reimbursement.  According to CMS, you must be compliant by April 1, 2012 or you will be subject to fines. 

For those subscribers that emp-loy the MediGraph Billing Software, you are protected.  For those sunscribers that do not employ the MediGraph Billing Platform, please be cetain that your billing manager is ready for this change.  

 

Regards,

Tom Kane, PT

Updated ABN Form in Effect
1/9/2012 1:55:00 PM
  • As mentioned in a previous post, effective January 1, 2012, all medicare providers must use the revised ABN form for services provided in all out patient settings except for services provided by a home health agency. SNF Part A and home health agencies will continue to use their respective ABN forms. The the old ABN form will not be accepted by  Medicare contractors. For more information and to download a revised copy of the ABN form, click on the link below.


https://www.cms.gov/BNI/02_ABN.asp

 

Regards,

Tom Kane, PT

Pre-payment Reviews on Hold
1/5/2012 7:19:00 PM
On Dec. 28, 2011,  a CMS announcement stated that it was delaying the prepayment review demonstration.  The pre-payment review was a contentious issue and receive a great amount of push back from many sources.   For now, we have dodged  a RAC procedure that would have been, at best, horrible.   Let us hope that future actions do not impair our ability to provie the intervention that our patients deserve.
 
Regards,  
Tom Kane, PT