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Medicare Overpayments

A Medicare overpayment is a payment that exceeds amounts properly payable under Medicare statutes and regulations. When Medicare identifies an overpayment, the amount becomes a debt you owe the Federal government. Federal law requires the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to recover all identified overpayments. Medicare overpayments commonly occur due to: Incorrect coding […]

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Medicare Initial Treatment Date – Blocks 14 & 15

When completing claims for most insurances, item 14 is for the date of onset – the date that the patient’s problem began and this date should be qualified with the qualifier 431 – Onset of Current Symptoms or Illness (The only other valid qualifier for item 14 is 484 – Last Menstrual Period) And item 15 is used […]

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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 or Location to Medicare

Providers have 30 days to update their enrollment information to reflect: A change in ownership An adverse legal action, or A change in practice location. 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 […]

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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. Due to Covid-19, sequestration has been suspended through December 2021. 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 […]

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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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Palmetto GBA Payer IDs and Mailing Address

Jurisdiction J which was administered by Cahaba GBA has been taken over by Palmetto GBA. This affects chiropractors in Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee. If you are filing your claims electronically, your payer ID must be changed. The Palmetto electronic claim payer IDs are: 10112 (Alabama) 10212 (Georgia) 10312 (Tennessee) Mail claims to: Palmetto GBA Attn: […]

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