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Error Identified in the Recently Published NCCI (National Correct Coding Initiative) Manual
Changes to Medicare Physician Fee Schedule
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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) reversed course in their 2019 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule [PDF] and included audiologists and speech-language pathologists as eligible professionals for the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). The program, which is effective January 1, 2019, requires eligible clinicians to report quality and improvement activity data to CMS that will be used to positively and negatively adjust Medicare payments. ASHA expects MIPS reporting to apply to less than 1% of ASHA members because of low volume thresholds and site of service exclusions. However, inclusion in the program has significant implications for those that must report and for the professions moving forward. To learn more, visit ASHA’s website.
ASHA Develops a New Advocacy Tool for Protecting Therapy Coverage Under the ACA
Healthcare, Schools, Audiology, Telehealth, DD, Private Practice, CLD
Recent changes by the federal government give states more leeway to determine what services are covered or excluded in ACA health plans. Speech, Language, and Hearing Services: Essential Coverage of Habilitation and Rehabilitation is a tool developed by ASHA for ASHA-recognized state associations and Habilitation Advocates to use when speaking with exchange officials, insurance commissioners, and state legislators about the value of audiology and speech-language pathology services as an essential health benefit. We encourage you to use this tool as an educational resource!
Interstate Compact Update
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ASHA participated in a meeting with staff from the U.S. Department of Defense-State Liaison Office (DSLO) to discuss how interstate compacts will address the needs of service members and military families. DSLO staff discussed their historical involvement in promoting expedited licensure for military spouses and shared their interest in interstate compacts. Representatives from current health interstate compacts and those in development, including representatives from ASHA, discussed ways to work with the state liaison office to promote compacts. Learn more about the speech-language-hearing interstate compact.
CMS Issues Guidance Regarding Medicare Therapy Service (Post Therapy Cap)
CMS Proposes Overhaul to the Home Health Prospective Payment System in 2020
Healthcare, Telehealth, Private Practice
FDA Approves Telepractice Option for Cochlear Implants
Audiology, Telehealth, Healthcare, DD, Private Practice
Medicaid and CHIP Payment & Access Commission (MACPAC) Publishes Update on Current Status of School-Based Services