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ABN Form Expires 03-31-20

CMS has announced on their website that “The ABN, Form CMS-R-131, is currently awaiting OMB approval for renewal. CMS will provide instructions when it does get approved. In the meantime, continue to use the current form until further instruction is provided.” Therefore, please continue to use the current ABN form (i.e. the one indicating the […]

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Modifiers 96 & 97

Modifiers 96 & 97 are intended to be reported with services that are identified as being either habilitative or rehabilitative in nature, such as physical medicine and rehabilitation codes, allowing the payer the ability to differentiate habilitative from rehabilitative services. This differentiation is required by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). Modifier 96 […]

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Illegal Medicare Inducements

Offering gifts and other inducements to Medicare beneficiaries is not permitted. A provider who offers or transfers to a Medicare beneficiary any remuneration that the person knows or should know is likely to influence the beneficiary’s selection of a particular provider of Medicare payable items or services may be liable for civil money penalties of […]

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Medicare Enrollment

In order to legally treat Medicare eligible patients, a doctor must apply and be accepted as a provider in the program. Enrolling in the Medicare program involves completing and submitting various CMS-855 forms. The forms can be submitted by completing and mailing in the required forms or online using the Medicare Provider Enrollment, Chain, and […]

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Changing Your Medicare Participation Status

In order to legally treat a Medicare eligible patient you must apply and be accepted as a provider in the program. (Medicare Application blog post) When you apply to be a Medicare Provider you must decide whether or not you will be a participating (PAR) or a non-participating (Non-PAR) provider. To change your participation status […]

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Medicare Fee Schedule

How much you are allowed to charge the Medicare patient for an adjustment and when you are allowed to collect it gets complicated. Plus, the fee schedule is updated every year and sometimes multiple times per year. How much Medicare will actually pay for an adjustment is dependent upon several factors: State and region in […]

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Railroad Medicare

Individuals who have worked 10 or more years of railroad service receive their Medicare benefits through the Railroad Retirement Board (RRB) instead of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The Railroad Medicare card has the Railroad Retirement Board logo in the upper left hand corner instead of the HHS logo and “RAILROAD RETIREMENT […]

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GP Modifier for Therapies

Insurance policies are written in segments or riders. Chiropractic services are covered under the chiropractic or physician portion of the policy but therapies are generally covered under a therapy portion. The therapy portion of the policy covers all therapy no matter who provides the service. This means that when a patient comes to you they […]

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Billing X-rays To Medicare

If diagnostic services are shown on the claim form, the ordering physician’s name should appear in block 17 and his NPI number in block 17b. Block 17 should be qualified with DK which indicates that the chiropractor is the Ordering Provider. The only diagnostic services that a chiropractor will probably do is x-rays (and blood […]

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Important Medicare Legislation

Legislation championed by ACA to increase Medicare coverage of chiropractic services has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives. The Chiropractic Medicare Coverage Modernization Act of 2019 (H.R. 3654) would allow Medicare beneficiaries access to the chiropractic profession’s broad-based, non-drug approach to pain management, which includes manual manipulation of the spine and extremities, evaluation […]

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