Indicating Assignment on the Claim Form

A short definition of assignment is, “who gets the money | insurance check | EOB.” The insured is the beneficiary of the insurance. In order for you to receive the insurance payment from the insurance company, you need permission from the insured (or other authorized person usually the spouse or parent). Accepting Assignment The insured […]

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VA Claims

Chiropractic services are part of the standard Medical Benefits Package available to all eligible Veterans. However, there are a few rules you need to be aware of when filing claims to the VA. In general, since this is a federeal government program, the claim should follow many of the Medicare Guidelines: The type of insurance […]

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Rejected Superbills

Superbills are a mainstay of the cash practice. They contain information that the patient can use file their own insurance claims. A major problem with a superbill is that since they are simply a printout on plain paper which means that they could be reproduced and fraudulent claims then submitted by the patient. That’s why […]

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Option 2 on the Medicare ABN

Option 2 on the ABN form [the Advanced Beneficiary Notice] should not be used as a way to circumvent the requirement to file the Medicare claim for the patient. Only in the event that a patient requests that you not file their Medicare claim, Option 2 on the ABN form can be used and the […]

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Reporting Changes in Ownership to Medicare

Providers must update their enrollment information to reflect changes in ownership within 30 days. Owners are individuals or corporations with a 5 percent or more ownership or controlling interest. Failure to comply could result in revocation of your Medicare billing privileges. Resources: Medicare: Vulnerabilities Related to Provider Enrollment and Ownership Disclosure OIG Report, May 2016 Timely […]

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New Medicare Card

Starting January 1, 2020, you must use the new Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI) regardless of the date of service on all your Medicare claims. After that date, claims submitted with the Health Insurance Claim Number (HICN – the patient’s social security number) will be rejected (with a few exceptions.) If you use the Health Insurance […]

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Medicare Adjustment Modifier AT & GA filed to Palmetto

The Medicare contractors have some leeway in the interpretation of the rules. Cahaba allowed chiropractors to modify the adjustment with AT & GA. However, it appears that Palmetto does not allow this. The AT modifier is used to indicate that the chiropractic adjustment is provided as an active/corrective treatment for an acute or chronic subluxation […]

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Sequestration

Sequestration is a 2% reduction that is automatically withheld from Medicare payments. The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 extends sequestration through 2027. Sequestration reductions are borne by whoever payment is assigned to: The Doctor if he is participating because he must accept assignment The Doctor if he is non-participating and chooses to accept assignment The Patient […]

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Requirement to file Electronic Claims

If you are submitting paper claims (HCFA 1500) to Medicare you may receive a letter from you carrier stating “[regulations] require that all initial claims for reimbursement from Medicare be submitted electronically with limited exceptions.” One of the exceptions apply to small practices which is defined as one having fewer than 10 Full Time Employees […]

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Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS)

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced Nov. 2, 2017, that it will expand the low-volume threshold (LVT) that exempts some Medicare providers from having to report under the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). For 2018, providers who treat 200 or fewer Medicare Part B beneficiaries or bill Medicare Part B for $90,000 or less […]

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