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Posting Date: 11/20/2023
January 2024 Release "Dark Days" for the Common Working File Hosts

January 2024 Release "Dark Days" for the Common Working File Hosts For the upcoming January 2024 Release: For Production, CWF will be observing the Gray Day on Thursday, 12/28/2023 and Dark Days start...

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Posting Date: 11/16/2023
MLN Connects® Newsletter: November 16, 2023

MLN Connects® Newsletter: November 16, 2023 News Unprecedented Efforts to Increase Transparency of Nursing Home Ownership Hospital Price Transparency: Use Required CMS Template Layout to Encode Hospit...

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Posting Date: 11/15/2023
Fraud Awareness Week and National Rural Health Day

Fraud Awareness Week and National Rural Health Day Since this week is Fraud Awareness Week and National Rural Health Day is tomorrow on 11/16/2023, we wanted to share these valuable resources with you...

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Posting Date: 11/15/2023
MLN Connects Newsletter: Take Our Provider Survey Today - November 15, 2023

MLN Connects® Newsletter: Take Our Provider Survey Today - November 15, 2023 You helped us before, and we want to learn more about your information needs. CMS is conducting a study to help us improve ...

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Posting Date: 11/14/2023
Announcement About Medicare Participation for Calendar Year 2024

Announcement About Medicare Participation for Calendar Year 2024 The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has posted the Announcement About Medicare Participation for Calendar Year 2024. Posted 11...

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Posting Date: 11/13/2023
The Great American Smokeout is Thursday 11/16/2023 - Let's Talk About Tobacco Counseling

The Great American Smokeout is Thursday 11/16/2023 - Let's Talk About Tobacco Counseling Do you treat Medicare beneficiaries/patients who are nicotine dependent? Did you know Medicare has a preventive...

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Posting Date: 11/09/2023
MLN Connects® Newsletter: November 9, 2023

MLN Connects® Newsletter: November 9, 2023 News CMS Roundup (Nov 3, 2023) Marriage and Family Therapists & Mental Health Counselors: Enroll in Medicare Now American Indians or Alaska Natives: Help You...

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Posting Date: 11/08/2023
Provider Enrollment: Reminder for Open Enrollment and Participation Agreement

Provider Enrollment: Reminder for Open Enrollment and Participation Agreement The 2024 Annual Participation Open Enrollment Period is approaching for another year. While this is an important time (fro...

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Posting Date: 11/06/2023
Common Definitions for Claim Submission Types

Common Definitions for Claim Submission Types Appeals An appeal is an independent review of the initial or revised determination. Proceeding with an appeal is the responsibility of the provider. Overa...

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Posting Date: 11/03/2023
MLN Connects® Newsletter: PFS, OPPS/ASC, & OPPS 340B-Acquired Drug Final Rules - November 2, 2023

MLN Connects® Newsletter: PFS, OPPS/ASC, & OPPS 340B-Acquired Drug Final Rules - November 2, 2023 Final Rules CMS Finalizes Physician Payment Rule that Advances Health Equity CMS Makes Hospital Prices...

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Posting Date: 11/02/2023
MLN Connects® Newsletter: November 2, 2023

MLN Connects® Newsletter: November 2, 2023 News CY 2024 Home Health Prospective Payment System Final Rule CY 2024 End-Stage Renal Disease Prospective Payment System Final Rule Behavioral Health: Medic...

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Posting Date: 11/01/2023
MLN Connects® Newsletter: Take Our Provider Survey Today - November 1, 2023

MLN Connects® Newsletter: Take Our Provider Survey Today - November 1, 2023 News Take Our Provider Survey Today Posted 11/1/2023

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Posting Date: 10/30/2023
Proper Use of Modifiers JW and JZ

Proper Use of Modifiers JW and JZ National Government Services Provider Contact Center has received several inquiries regarding claim denials related to the use of the JW and JZ modifier for drugs/bio...

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Posting Date: 10/26/2023
MLN Connects® Newsletter: October 26, 2023

MLN Connects® Newsletter: October 26, 2023 News Help CMS Improve Provider Resources — Respond by November 9 CMS Roundup (Oct 20, 2023) Nursing Facility Evaluation and Management Visits: Comparative Bi...

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Posting Date: 10/26/2023
Part B Top Claim Errors Are Updated

Part B Top Claim Errors Are Updated Our top claim errors are updated on a quarterly basis to reflect current information. Visit Top Claim Errors to learn what you can do to avoid claim processing dela...

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Posting Date: 10/26/2023
Coming Soon ‒ The CY 2024 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule

Coming Soon - The CY 2024 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule The CY 2024 MPFS will soon be available on the Fee Schedule Lookup tool located on NGSMedicare.com, after the CY 2024 physician fee schedule r...

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Posting Date: 10/25/2023
Credit Balance Report Reminder

Credit Balance Report Reminder CBRs for the quarter ending 9/30/2023 are now due. CBRs must be submitted within 30 days of the end of the quarter to be considered timely. FISS DDE users who submit the...

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Posting Date: 10/25/2023
You Can Help Your Patients Quit Tobacco Use - The Great American Smokeout Is Coming!

You Can Help Your Patients Quit Tobacco Use - The Great American Smokeout Is Coming! Join us for our webinar series on Medicare’s preventative services, "Counseling to Prevent Tobacco Use" and “Telehe...

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Posting Date: 10/23/2023
November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month

November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in the United States and worldwide. Although education, research and treatment options for lung cancer have dra...

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Posting Date: 10/19/2023
MLN Connects® Newsletter: October 19, 2023

MLN Connects® Newsletter: October 19, 2023 News 2024 Medicare Parts A & B Premiums and Deductibles Help CMS Improve Provider Resources — Respond by November 9 CMS Health Information Handler Helps ...

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Posting Date: 10/17/2023
Update: End Stage Renal Disease Claim Adjustments Needed Due to CWF Error in Date of First Dialysis

Update: End Stage Renal Disease Claim Adjustments Needed Due to CWF Error in Date of First Dialysis As of 7/18/2023, CMS has identified that the CWF continues to have some inaccurate dates for the fir...

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Posting Date: 10/16/2023
Tips for Documenting Homebound Status

Tips for Documenting Homebound Status Comprehensive and accurate documentation is crucial to providing safe and effective care to Medicare beneficiaries. National Government Services' medical review t...

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Posting Date: 10/16/2023
Physicians and Nonphysician Practitioners: Revised CMS-855I Medicare Enrollment Application Required November 1 (Combined CMS-855I and CMS-855R)

Physicians and Nonphysician Practitioners: Revised CMS-855I Medicare Enrollment Application Required November 1 (Combined CMS-855I and CMS-855R) If you don’t use PECOS, use the revised CMS-855I (Medic...

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Posting Date: 10/12/2023
MLN Connects® Newsletter: October 12, 2023

MLN Connects® Newsletter: October 12, 2023 News CMS Roundup (Oct 6, 2023) Protect Your Patients: Give Them a Flu Shot Publications Direct Data Entry: 10-Digit Screen Expansion Medicare Preventive ...

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Posting Date: 10/12/2023
Let’s Get Ready for The Great American Smokeout on 11/16/2023!

Let’s Get Ready for The Great American Smokeout on 11/16/2023! For more than 40 years, the American Cancer Society has hosted the Great American Smokeout on the third Thursday of November. This yearly...

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Posting Date: 10/11/2023
Notification of the 2024 Dollar Amount in Controversy Required to Sustain Appeal Rights for an Administrative Law Judge Hearing or Federal District Court Review

Notification of the 2024 Dollar Amount in Controversy Required to Sustain Appeal Rights for an Administrative Law Judge Hearing or Federal District Court Review The amount that must remain in controve...

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Posting Date: 10/06/2023
Update on proposed LCD for Transesophageal Echocardiography

Update on proposed LCD for Transesophageal Echocardiography The LCD for Transesophageal Echocardiography (TEE) was published for comment and presented at an Open Meeting in July 2023. NGS is continuin...

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Posting Date: 10/06/2023
MLN Connects® Newsletter: October 6, 2023

MLN Connects® Newsletter: October 6, 2023 News COVID-19: Updated Novavax COVID-19 Vaccine, Adjuvanted for Patients 12 & Older Posted 10/6/2023

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Posting Date: 10/05/2023
MLN Connects® Newsletter: October 5, 2023

MLN Connects® Newsletter: October 5, 2023 News Administration Moves Forward with Medicare Drug Price Negotiations to Lower Prescription Drug Costs for People with Medicare CMS Requests Public Inpu...

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Posting Date: 10/05/2023
National Government Services Proposed LCDs for Comment

National Government Services Proposed LCDs for Comment The proposed LCDs listed below are being presented for comment for the Jurisdiction 6 and Jurisdiction K MACs. The formal comment period extends ...

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Posting Date: 10/03/2023
Fiscal Intermediary Standard System Direct Data Entry Screen Changes – October 2023

Fiscal Intermediary Standard System Direct Data Entry Screen Changes – October 2023 The October 2023 quarterly system release was implemented on 10/2/2023 and includes the FISS DDE screen changes iden...

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Posting Date: 10/02/2023
Collaborative A/B/DME Therapeutic Shoes for Persons with Diabetes Webinar

Collaborative A/B/DME Therapeutic Shoes for Persons with Diabetes Webinar Providers – Do you need assistance in understanding what is needed when ordering diabetic shoes? This collaborative webinar on...

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Posting Date: 09/28/2023
MLN Connects® Newsletter: September 28, 2023

MLN Connects® Newsletter: September 28, 2023 News CMS Statement on Current Status of Blood Tests for Organ Transplant Rejection CMS Roundup (Sept 22, 2023) Cardiovascular Disease: Talk with Your P...

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Posting Date: 09/26/2023
Decrease Burden and Combine Multiple PDFs into One Before Responding to Additional Documentation Requests Using NGSConnex

Decrease Burden and Combine Multiple PDFs into One Before Responding to Additional Documentation Requests Using NGSConnex Recently, National Government Services has seen an increase in providers submi...

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Posting Date: 09/25/2023
Don't Miss Out - Register Today! National Government Services: Medicare Part B Care Management Tuesdays

Don't Miss Out - Register Today! National Government Services: Medicare Part B Care Management Tuesdays According to the CDC, six in ten adults in the U.S. have a chronic disease and four in ten adult...

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Posting Date: 09/22/2023
LCD and Billing and Coding Article Update for October 2023

LCD and Billing and Coding Article Update for October 2023 Billing and Coding: Autonomic Function Testing (A57024) Due to the annual ICD-10 Code updates, ICD-10 code G20 has been deleted and the follo...

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Posting Date: 09/22/2023
Register Today! National Government Services Fall 2023 Medicare Virtual Conference: Understanding Medicare Compliance for Part B Providers

Register Today! National Government Services Fall 2023 Medicare Virtual Conference: Understanding Medicare Compliance for Part B Providers This three full-day virtual conference will offer a variety o...

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Posting Date: 09/21/2023
MLN Connects® Newsletter: September 21, 2023

MLN Connects® Newsletter: September 21, 2023 News CMS Announces Resources and Flexibilities to Assist with the Public Health Emergency in the State of Georgia Organ Transplantation Affinity Group:...

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Posting Date: 09/18/2023
Direct Data Entry Users May Need to Adjust Screen Size

Direct Data Entry Users May Need to Adjust Screen Size CMS recently issued Change Request 13138 “Implementation to Expand Monetary Amount Fields Related to Billing and Payment to Accommodate 10-Digits...

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Posting Date: 09/15/2023
New YouTube Video: Surgical Dressings and Supplies: Part A/B and DME Collaborative Presentation

New YouTube Video: Surgical Dressings and Supplies: Part A/B and DME Collaborative Presentation The Part A/B and DME MACs are offering a YouTube video on Surgical Dressings and Supplies. This video of...

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