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Reminder: New out-of-network billing and payment law takes effect July 1

On July 1, 2017, a new law (AB 72) will take effect that will change the billing practices of non-participating physicians providing covered, non-emergent care at in-network facilities including hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers and laboratories. The law, signed in 2016, was designed to reduce unexpected medical bills when patients go to an in-network facility but receive care from an out-of-network doctor.  Read More...

Provider Enrollment Revalidation - Cycle 2 - Second Revision

This Medicare Learning Network (MLN) Matters® Special Edition Article is intended for all providers and suppliers who are enrolled in Medicare and required to revalidate through their Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs), including Home Health & Hospice MACs (HH&H MACs), Medicare Carriers, Fiscal Intermediaries, and the National Supplier Clearinghouse (NSC)). These contractors are collectively referred to as MACs in this article.   This article was revised on June 15, 2017, to change the effective date of deactivations due to non-billings from 5 days from the date of the deactivation letter to 10 ...

Physician-Assisted Suicide Has Been Legal in California for a Year. How’s it Going?

California’s End of Life Option Act went into effect on June 9, 2016. The law created a process for dying patients to ask their doctors for a lethal prescription that the patients can then ingest privately, at home. Since then, at least 500 Californians have received life-ending prescriptions, according to newly released data collected by Compassion and Choices, an advocacy group that promotes aid-in-dying laws nationwide. Read More...