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Compliance Chat

A weekly newsletter on the latest compliance issues and how those issues are affecting therapy providers.

  • Good News Regarding Data Security

    I know you and I too have wrestled with how to best secure the data we collect. Finally, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has proposed what is considered a "common sense" approach to securing data

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  • JIMMO Update Part 2

    This week we will continue with our report on the up-to-date information supplied by CMS to assist rehabilitation providers in understanding how to provide skilled services to beneficiaries under JIMMO.

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  • JIMMO Update

    In an effort to comply with the latest court decision regarding JIMMO, the CMS website regarding JIMMO has gone live.  The purpose of the website is to inform rehab service providers and the public regarding JIMMO.  There is a lot of information here.

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  • Correcting the Medical Record

    I'm sure the vast majority of therapists try very hard to create accurate documents in the medical record which reflect the treatment and skill of the treatment provided on a particular date of service.

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  • Always Therapy

    On July 27th, CMS released a Medicare Learning Matters on use of the "Always Therapy" modifiers when billing therapy services under Medicare Part B.  The modification, CR 10176, involves the use of always therapy modifiers, GN, GO, and GP and goes into effect on 1/1/18.  

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  • Operational Vs Clinical Need

    Recently the Department of Justice announced a settlement against a provider of Rehabilitation Services that can once again provide us with potential lessons to learn.

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  • Opioid Use

    Recently the OIG released a study of opioid prescriptions under Medicare Part D. You could be thinking, "Tom, what does this have to do with me?"

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  • Healthcare Reform Update

    The roller coaster ride of healthcare reform continues with the U.S. Senate's recent release of their version of a healthcare reform law.

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  • Being Prepared

    Periodically we use the Chat to report on findings involving Rehab providers.  We do this inform about enforcement trends we've observed and to hopefully provide a learning opportunity from the unfortunate mistakes of others. 

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  • New ABN Form Released

    Recently, CMS released a revised ABN form, which is effective 6/21/2017.  This is what we will chat about today. 

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