After the Fire: Consideration of Risk-Based Contracts Post-COVID-19

  December 18, 2020 | By Paul Spencer, CPC, COC “Risk adjustment,” as defined by CMS, is a method by which Medicare Advantage plans are compensated for demonstrating that the Medicare patients they cover under Part C plans are sicker than those covered under traditional Medicare or other plans. Increasingly, when I speak to practices,…

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Changes to Stark May Require Tweaks to the Physician Compensation Formula

  January 8, 2021 | By David Glaser In early December, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued new rules that dramatically revise the Physician Self-Referral Law, commonly called the “Stark law” after Pete Stark, the Congressman credited with introducing it. While many of the changes loosen the law’s restrictions, focused particularly on…

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Better late than never: Stimulus bill salves pain of conversion factor cut, also delays G2211

January 7, 2021 | By Grant Huang, CPC, CPMA The 2021 Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) had included the largest one-year reduction to the Medicare conversion factor (CF) in more than 20 years, but it won’t actually take effect because the CF is being increased as a result of provisions in the recently passed stimulus legislation.…

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