CMS alert: CY2019 DMEPOS fee schedule update and KX modifier amounts

Source: The Bottom Line
CR 11064 (MLN Matters) provides the Calendar Year 2019 annual update for the Medicare DMEPOS fee schedule. The update includes information on the data files, new and deleted HCPCS codes, adjusted fee schedule amounts, and other information related to the update of the fee schedule. Click here to read the full article.
KX modifier amounts for CY19 were released and are as follows:

KX Modifier threshold amount for PT and SLP combined = $2040
KX …

Revenue integrity enthusiasts: Do you have what it takes to present at RIS?

The National Association for Healthcare Revenue Integrity (NAHRI) is currently seeking speakers to present at the 2019 Revenue Integrity Symposium (RIS), to be held October 15–16, 2019, at the Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld in Orlando, Florida. RIS attendees will be eligible to earn CHRI CEUs and speakers will be eligible to earn additional CHRI CUEs. Speakers are welcome to present on all aspects of revenue integrity, Medicare compliance, and the revenue cycle in acute and …

HHCAHPS data submission deadline is approaching

Source: Home Health Line
The next data submission deadline for HHCAHPS is 11:59 p.m. EST Jan. 17. But note that CMS says that to ensure files can be accepted by the deadline, files must be submitted on or before Jan. 16.
This deadline involves survey data for the third quarter of 2018.
“Since CMS will not accept any files after the data submission deadline, make sure you check your data submission reports to verify that all of your …

Feds increase fines for bloodborne pathogens, other workplace hazards

Source: Home Health Line
Fines for Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) violations have been adjusted for inflation. A pre-publication version of the U.S. Department of Labor’s final rule increasing the civil monetary penalties was posted Jan. 15.
Fines that fall in the categories of serious and other-than-serious and posting requirements will go up from a maximum penalty of $12,934 per violation to $13,260 per violation, while failure-to-abate violations will go up the same amount per day.
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