MLN Connects® Provider eNews for January 28, 2016
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January 28, 2016

MLN Connects® for January 28, 2016

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In This Edition:

MLN Connects® Events

  • IMPACT Act: Connecting Post-Acute Care across the Care Continuum Call — Last Chance to Register

Other CMS Events

  • Special Open Door Forum: Understanding the IMPACT Act
  • LTCH Quality Reporting Program Webinar
  • Physician Compare Public Reporting Information Sessions

Medicare Learning Network® Publications and Multimedia

  • CMS Provider Minute: Duplicate Professional Claims Video — New
  • Medicare Advance Beneficiary Notices Booklet — Revised
  • Skilled Nursing Facility Billing Reference Fact Sheet — Revised
  • Suite of Products & Resources for Billers & Coders Educational Tool — Revised
  • Suite of Products & Resources for Compliance Officers Educational Tool — Revised
  • Suite of Products & Resources for Educators & Students Educational Tool — Revised
  • Suite of Products & Resources for Inpatient Hospitals Educational Tool — Revised
  • Updated MLN Matters® Search Indices
  • New Educational Web Guides Fast Fact


  • CMS Releases Guide to Preventing Readmissions among Racially and Ethnically Diverse Medicare Beneficiaries
  • PQRS: Submission Timeframes for 2015 Data
  • Comment Period for IMPACT Act Measures Extended to January 29
  • PQRS: Self-Nomination for 2016 Qualified Registries and QCDRs Open through January 31
  • CMS to Release a Comparative Billing Report on Modifier 25: Internal Medicine in February
  • CMS Seeks Public Comments on Draft Quality Measure Development Plan by March 1
  • Prior Authorization for Certain DMEPOS Items: FAQs on the Final Rule
  • PEPPERs Available for SNFs, HHAs, Hospices, CAHs, LTCHs, IPFs, IRFs and PHPs
  • Payment for Group 3 Power Wheelchair Cushions and Accessories
  • Changes to the Medicare EHR Incentive Program Hardship Exception Process
  • Testing QRDA l Release 2 and QRDA III Release 1 Files

Claims, Pricers, and Codes

  • New Drug Testing Laboratory Codes Editing Incorrectly

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