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    Tips to Secure Health Care Communications
    Blog: In the News ... | Posted By: GUEST | Released: September 20, 2018, 7:23 am

    A 2017 health care consumer survey by Accenture found more than 1 in 4 individuals have had their personal medical information stolen in a health care data breach. Even worse, half of those data-breach victims were then victimized again by some type of medical identify theft, costing an average of $

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    Health Care Needs To Catch-Up; It’s Time To #killthefax
    Blog: In the News ... | Posted By: GUEST | Released: September 20, 2018, 7:21 am

    In medical facilities throughout the country, physicians, nurses, and staff are placing medical records in a tray, dialing a number, pressing send to fax private health information across town, across the state, or around the world. According to one private firm’s estimate, 75 percent of all health

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    Reopenings and Redeterminations: Save time with Novitasphere
    Blog: In the News ... | Posted By: GUEST | Released: August 29, 2018, 7:33 am

    Novitas, the Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC) for Jurisdictions H and Jurisdiction L, highly encourages providers to perform claim corrections and submit redeterminations on their claims through Novitasphere, our free internet portal.   These features are fast, and easy to use – saving provi

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    Return on Investment for Health Information Exchange Participation
    Blog: In the News ... | Posted By: GUEST | Released: July 6, 2018, 7:02 am

    By: Laura McCrary, Ed.D, Executive Director, Kansas Health Information Network and Senior Vice President, KAMMCO

    What is the return on investment (ROI) for participating in a health information exchange (HIE)?  As the Executive Director of one of the most successful HIEs in the nation, I am often a

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    What’s New with Novitasphere Part B
    Blog: In the News ... | Posted By: GUEST | Released: May 16, 2018, 9:41 am

    Novitas, the Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC) for Jurisdictions L (and Jurisdiction H), is always looking for ways to improve our customers’ Medicare experience. Novitasphere, a FREE, secure internet portal for providers, billing services, and clearinghouses...

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    Announcements | Medicare

    CMS Changes Name of EHR Incentive Program & Advancing Care Information Performance Category
    Blog: In the News ... | Posted By: Marlene Mathew Kalayilparampil | Released: May 4, 2018, 5:33 am

    In late April, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced proposed rule changes directly aimed at empowering patients and reducing administrative burden for physicians.

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    Announcements | Medicare | MIPS

    Diane B. Allen Equal Pay Act
    Blog: In the News ... | Posted By: Mishael Azam, Esq. | Released: May 3, 2018, 6:25 am

    The "Diane B. Allen Equal Pay Act," (S104) which takes effect July 1, modifies the Law Against Discrimination, (LAD), to strengthen protections against employment discrimination and promote equal pay for all groups protected from discrimination.

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    Effective July 2: CMS Reinstating QMB Identifier on RAs
    Blog: In the News ... | Posted By: Amanda Shiber | Released: May 2, 2018, 10:33 am

    Medicare will include Qualified Medicare Beneficiary (QMB) identification on remittance advice (RAs) again beginning 7/2/18. Read more. Due to a system issue, CMS had to suspend publication of this information. The issue has been resolved and Medicare Contractors have been advised to start including

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    Announcements | Help and Training | Medicare | QMB

    Out of Network
    Blog: In the News ... | Posted By: Mishael Azam, Esq. | Released: April 26, 2018, 12:59 pm

    The "out-of-network" bill was passed by both houses. Please find a summary of the bill, which will likely be signed soon.

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    National Healthcare Decisions Week
    Blog: In the News ... | Posted By: Marlene Mathew Kalayilparampil | Released: April 26, 2018, 12:58 pm

    Last week was National Healthcare Decisions Week (April 16-22). The New Jersey Department of Health encourages residents to contemplate their healthcare preferences and plan ahead for end-of-life care decisions. The national theme for 2018 is "It Always Seems Too Early, Until It's Too Late."


    "Far

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    NJ DOBI Independent Health Care Appeals Program for Prior Authorization Denials
    Blog: In the News ... | Posted By: Amanda Shiber | Released: April 26, 2018, 6:44 am

    The NJ Department of Banking & Insurance administers an external review program for prior authorization denials for procedures and prescriptions. Since 2014, physicians are required to post notice regarding the Independent Health Care Appeals Program (IHCAP) in their office. 

     IHCAP is available to

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    UHC, Oxford, Americhoice Fined $2.5 Million for Regulatory Violations
    Blog: In the News ... | Posted By: Melinda Martinson, Esq. | Released: April 5, 2018, 11:26 am

    The Department of Banking & Insurance (DOBI) fined UnitedHealthcare (UHC), Oxford and Americhoice $2.5 million for regulatory violations, some of which MSNJ brought to DOBI’s attention based on our members’ complaints. In particular, we asserted that UHC could not require physicians to provide patie

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    Vaccines
    Blog: In the News ... | Posted By: Mishael Azam, Esq. | Released: March 1, 2018, 7:50 am

    Continue to encourage your patients to get vaccinated! The flu vaccine is 36% effective this season and has been most effective for young children, according to interim estimates the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released [February 15th]. “These early VE (vaccine effectiveness) es

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    2017 MIPS Claims Data Performance Scores Now Available on QPP Website
    Blog: In the News ... | Posted By: Amanda Shiber | Released: February 15, 2018, 9:41 am

    If you submitted quality data via claims for the 2017 reporting year, you may now view your performance scores at: https://qpp.cms.gov/login by using the data submission feature.

    Submitting Quality Performance Data via Claims

    If you’ve already submitted quality data via claims, you don’t have to t

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    New United Opioid Coverage Policy
    Blog: In the News ... | Posted By: Mishael Azam, Esq. | Released: February 8, 2018, 12:35 pm

    New to Therapy Short-Acting Opioid Supply and Daily Dose Limits for UnitedHealthcare Community Plan and UnitedHealthcare Commercial Plans – Effective March 1, 2018. 

    Beginning March 1, 2018, UnitedHealthcare Community Plan in some states and UnitedHealthcare commercial plans will implement a short-

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    State Adopts Rules on Health Claims Processing & Payment Act
    Blog: In the News ... | Posted By: Melinda Martinson, Esq. | Released: February 8, 2018, 11:55 am

    The Department of Banking & Insurance adopted regulations implementing the Health Claims Authorization Processing & Payment Act (HCAPPA) which was passed in 2006. MSNJ filed comments joined by the NJ Association of Osteopathic Physicians & Surgeons, NJ Society of Interventional Pain Physicians, New

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    DOJ Seeks More Information on Proposed CVS-Aetna Merger
    Blog: In the News ... | Posted By: Melinda Martinson, Esq. | Released: February 8, 2018, 11:36 am

    On February 1, the Department of Justice made a second request for information concerning CVS’s attempt to merge with Aetna to create an integrated health system. Those who attended MSNJ’s last Policy & Strategy Panel meeting heard potential anti-trust concerns from the AMA which is carefully analyz

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    Medicare Mammography Payment Issue
    Blog: In the News ... | Posted By: Amanda Shiber | Released: February 1, 2018, 7:46 am

    Practices that perform mammography are urged to review their Medicare claims dating back to October 1, 2017 to ensure proper payment. There was a system edit, causing the rejection of mammography claims using new, more specific ICD-10 codes. The edit has now been deactivated and these claims may be

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    Prior Authorization Progress
    Blog: In the News ... | Posted By: Amanda Shiber | Released: January 26, 2018, 11:58 am

    Federal

    MSNJ supported the AMA in its Prior Authorization and Utilization Management Reform Principles in early 2017. As a result of publication of these principles, a workgroup comprised of the AMA, the American Hospital Association, America's Health Insurance Plans, American Pharmacists Associati

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    Tiered Network Surveys
    Blog: In the News ... | Posted By: Melissa Zarzycki | Released: January 26, 2018, 11:48 am

    In anticipation of a Senate hearing on OMNIA, MSNJ has published new Tier 1 and Tier 2 surveys to collect information from our members to help inform our testimony before the Legislature. Members are encouraged to complete the appropriate survey for their OMNIA tier designation.

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