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3/14/14 House passes SGR repeal with mandate penalty delay

The House of Representatives passed legislation to repeal Medicare's physician payment formula in a bill that also would delay the health reform law's individual mandate penalty, setting the measure up for failure in the Senate. In a 238-181 vote Friday morning, House members passed the SGR Repeal and Medicare Provider Payment Modernization Act, which also includes an amendment from House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-Mich.) to delay for five years payment penalties for people who don't purchase health insurance. Visit this website to see FMA press release: http://www.flmedical.org/Supreme_Court_invalidates_caps.aspx

ICD-10 Oct. 1, 2014 Deadline Will Not Be Delayed

Licensure Renewals

The Florida Board of Medicine and the Florida Board of Osteopathic Medicine are responsible for setting the CME required for licensure and relicensure in Florida. Each Board specifies a certain number of hours, including some mandatory topics, that must be completed within each two year licensure term. Half of Florida allopathic licenses expire January 31st of every even numbered year (2014, 2016, etc.) and the other half expire January 31st of every odd numbered year (2013, 2015, etc.). All osteopathic licenses expire March 31st of every even numbered year. To determine the expiration date of your license, look for the date on the physical license sent to you by the Board of Medicine/Osteopathic Medicine or visit the Florida Department of Health online site, www.FLhealthSource.com. Choose Licensee/Provider then License Verification.

Special Fraud Alert: Laboratory Payments to Referring Physicians

From the Office of the Inspector General: This Special Fraud Alert addresses compensation paid by laboratories to referring physicians and physician group practices (collectively, physicians) for blood specimen collection, processing, and packaging, and for submitting patient data to a registry or database. http://oig.hhs.gov/fraud/docs/alertsandbulletins/2014/OIG_SFA_Laboratory_Payments_06252014.pdf


The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has become aware of a scam where perpetrators are sending faxes to physician offices posing as the Medicare carrier or Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC).  The fax instructs physician staff to respond to a questionnaire to provide an account information update within 48 hours in order to prevent a gap in Medicare payments.  The fax may have the CMS logo and/or the contractor logo to enhance the appearance of authenticity.
Medicare FFS providers, including physicians, non-physician practitioners, should be wary of this type of request.  If you receive a request for information in the manner described above, please check with your contractor before submitting any information.  Medicare providers should only send information to a Medicare contractor using the address found in the download section of the CMS.gov website found athttp://www.cms.hhs.gov/MLNGenInfo/orhttp://www.cms.hhs.gov/MedicareProviderSupEnroll .

Beware of fraudulent requests

The AMA received word about a fraudulent mailing.

Some physician practices in Florida have received a mailing notice from Compliance Services (not to be confused with the Florida corporation, Compliance Services, Inc), which requests that the business send their "annual minutes" and a filing fee of $125.00. BEWARE: This mailing is fraudulent and appears to have been sent to a number of businesses in Florida.

Physician Payment Sunshine Act

Under the new Physicians Payment Sunshine Act, pharmaceutical & medical device companies must begin tracking information on their interactions with physicians and report to the CMS. The Act, created by Congress, was designed to ensure transparency in physicians' interactions with pharmaceutical, biologic & medical device industries as well as GPO's. Go to http://www.kevinmd.com/blog/2013/04/physician-payment-sunshine-act-ready.html to read the entire article.