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MIPS 2019 Reporting Deadline Has Been Extended

CMS has always proven to be an authority that speaks in favor of clinicians and address their concerns. Due to the unfortunate situation of coronavirus outbreak, doctors and other clinicians were facing quite some issues regarding submitting data to CMS.

Either physicians wanted to report individually or via MIPS Qualified registries, the end of this month didn’t seem enough time. CMS has looked into this matter and has kindly extended the date for QPP MIPS 2019 data submission to April 30th, 2020.

With another month in hand, now physicians can report MIPS data within relevant time amidst the COVID-19 stress.

Clinicians or MIPS registries on their behalf, who were unable to report (due to lockdown or high resource consumption to counter with COVID-19), now have time to spare.

Appropriate MIPS 2019 reporting results in a 7% positive payment adjustment in 2021 along with incentives and bonuses (if applicable). Specialty-specific measures catch more score in the end. Document data that states how technology incorporation benefitted your practice and patients. After the submission period, CMS will also provide feedback on the physicians’ performance.

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Guide to the Latest Medical Billing Codes for COVID-19 Test

The constant threat of coronavirus has led the panel of AMA – The American Medical Association to introduce CPT (Current Procedural Terminology) codes for medical billing services.

As the number of infected cases in the USA increased, the need for a separate code for COVID-19 testing emerged. The president of AMA, Patrice A. Harris, MD, MA, announced a unique code to report for laboratory testing of the coronavirus. This information was released on March 13, 2020, in order to translate the advantages of tracking, allocating, and optimizing resources.

What’s New for Medical Billing Services Regarding Corona Test Coding?

The coronavirus code belongs to a new category I of CPT codes.  The details are as follows.

  1. 87635 infectious agent detection by nucleic acid (DNA or RNA)
  2. Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) (Coronavirus disease [COVID-19]), for the examination technique

The codes are now available to use to report on behalf of physicians by the medical billing companies. This code also has short and medium descriptors, which can be accessed on the official AMA website – https://www.ama-assn.org/practice-management/cpt/cpt-releases-new-coronavirus-covid-19-code-description-testing

Coronavirus around the Globe

The situation of the novel coronavirus is serious. President Trump has declared a national emergency in the USA, and the only way to stay safe is by maintaining the social distance.

The Healthcare industry, in almost every country, is under pressure to combat the seriousness of coronavirus pandemic. The number one step for managing this catastrophe is by dealing with hundreds and even thousands of diagnostics procedures, and this code will help deal with the billing matters.

Rick A. Bright, Ph.D., director of Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) at HHS stressed the need of increasing the capacity of testing kits to identify and separate infected individuals as early as possible.

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There have been delays reported in terms of accessing the diagnostic procedures of COVID-19. The delays and shortage in facilities may affect the frontline fighters (physicians), and ultimately potential patients.

According to AMA, the newly released code is a progressive step towards optimal coronavirus diagnostic services. All along, the physician or medical billing company is required to use the Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) codes to document public encounters with the health payment programs as Medicare.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) also stated to create two new HCPCS codes to support the coronavirus diagnostic procedure.

The first code released in February (U0001) is for SARS-CoV-2 diagnostic tests performed specifically for CDC testing laboratories.

The second billing code (U0002) released this month will extend medical billing services for coronavirus lab tests, allowing to bill for non-CDC laboratory tests for SARS-CoV-2/2019-nCoV, (novel coronavirus or COVID-19).

QPPMIPS requests everyone to stay strong and be mindful of others around you. Spend this difficult time to connect with yourself and be creative while staying home.  You never know who carries the virus therefore, use hand sanitizers, clean your space, wear gloves, and face mask before going out and keep a safe distance from everyone.

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P3 Clears Five Misconceptions About Coronavirus

P3Care counters misinformation around topics of medical billing or MIPS 2020 reporting about the much-talked-about coronavirus. Yes, the Wuhan-born virus is breaking news on every news channel in the world.

A session held on Friday in New York City by the Center for Disaster Medicine at New York Medical College (NYMC) about the virus recorded someone from the audience asking, “Is it safe to eat Chinese food?”. That is what news without investigation can do to you. There is much wrong information floating around that it has become hard to differentiate between facts and fiction.

There are 5 common misconceptions about the virus with counterarguments for the greater good of the people.

And, yes, eating Chinese is safe. It is ‘not’ a safety hazard by the World Health Organization (WHO) or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Misconception 1: Coronavirus is more dangerous than any other virus and is spreading fast

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Wrong. The measles virus is much more dangerous than coronavirus (2019-nCoV). The only reason it has not spread quickly is that most people are already vaccinated for measles. Voila! It doesn’t make it to the news or social media.

The experts say that this virus can affect 2 to 3 people around. However, this data has a lot of uncertainty because it has not gone through scientific-peer assessment yet.

Misconception 2 – It can kill you

In a session, held by NYMC, Mary Foote, MD, MPH, Senior Medical Coordinator for Communicable Disease Preparedness at the NYC Department of Health said that it is believed that everyone who gets affected by the new virus eventually dies. But people are at greater risk from heart disease, cancer, old age, and any other life-threatening disease than by this virus.

People are at greater risk of influenza and chances of them ending up in hospitals from influenza are higher. Stating a fact, Flu kills tens of thousands of people every year in the US and 291,000 to 646,000 people in the world (according to a study published in The Lancet). CDC stresses on getting flu shots on their website and social channels for public protection as we speak. Hence, people ought to be more concerned about protecting themselves from the flu rather than the coronavirus.

Misconception 3 – It was manufactured in a laboratory and is being used as a biological weapon

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The news that was spread earlier by a large number of Russian domestic channels suggested the involvement of the United States behind this outbreak. The misinformation further spread like fire saying the US has created this bioweapon against China and that US pharmacists were making billions from this.

Similar conspiracy theories are creeping up in China and, oh surprise, surprise, some of them are coming from within the U.S. All of these are just conspiracy theories and nothing more. No, there is no evidence that this was a human-designed strain of the virus created to destroy countries or dismantle governments.

Misconception 4 – A cure is available

A vaccine is not developed in the blink of an eye. There hasn’t been a vaccine until now because it is a new virus and producing a vaccine to counter will take some time. Public and private organizations are cooperating to assist scientists in finding a remedy for this virus as quickly as they can.

Misconception 5 – Every person with fever and coughing is infected with coronavirus

This is misinformation #5 on this list. Since the public is unaware of reality, they think every person with the common flu is infected with the coronavirus. CDC has stressed the importance of flu vaccination several times. Medicare offers to reimburse providers if they claim for giving flu shots to their patients. The same facility is for the beneficiaries to get their flu shots on time in which they don’t have to pay any out-of-pocket costs. Health plans are in full support of this cause.

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Small Medical Practices Can Save Themselves from QPP MIPS 2019 Penalty

QPP MIPS participation offers a golden opportunity to target incentives and bonuses. Especially when the CMS has been favoring and rewarding small medical practices then why not take advantage of this chance.

Small Medical Practices! If you’re wondering how to play safe and avoid a penalty in MIPS 2019 reporting. We have come up with a few tricks that help you to achieve your goal.

The first step would be to check the eligibility status of the small group. Verify your Tax Identification Number (TIN) under which you’re participating.

You can enter your National Provider Identifier (NPI) on the QPP Participation Status Lookup Tool https://qpp.cms.gov/participation-lookup to know about the details.

Reporting for MIPS Quality measure is crucial in MIPS 2019 reporting, and it is a requirement that can’t be missed. Therefore, submit data for at least one patient that fulfills all the quality performance requirements with six quality measures.

Physicians are required to report data for “Improvement Activities” (completed for ninety days) with two medium or one high-weighted measure of the respective category.

While reporting for MIPS performance categories, make sure to document every procedure accurately. For Instance, while reporting for medication, document procedures with the up-to-date list of medication.

Small Practices! MIPS 2019 reporting is not complex to the extent where you can’t achieve a total of thirty points. MIPS Qualified Registry such as P3 Healthcare Solutions offers affordable packages for QPP MIPS reporting. If you don’t find any way out, consult us for a FREE consultation. Read more in this article.

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Jackie Chan: 1 Million Yuan for Whoever Finds the Cure

Famous movie star Jackie Chan who needs no introduction has promised an amount of 1 million yuan for developing a vaccine for coronavirus. Since the virus is still very much around, especially around the city of Wuhan, it is a call to researchers, inventors, scientists, pharmacists, chemists, and biologists to come up with a remedy. A miracle vaccine!

Somehow finding its way to the Chinese population, the virus has taken hundreds of lives in a matter of days. Unable to find a solution until now, it has spread like wildfire in over 25 countries. According to the veteran actor, he feels for his fellow men and women and anyone who has succumbed to the deadly coronavirus.

No less than a million yuan is quite an incentive for the thinking brains out there to work their magic and invent an antidote. It is not about the money for Jackie Chan or the people he is calling on for a solution.

We are confident that it will happen anytime soon because that is what we want. Not only does human suffering is painful to see but it puts the responsibility on us to unite on this very cause. The cause is to find relief against coronavirus once and for all.

Jackie Chan’s stance

“Science and technology are key to overcoming the virus, and I believe many people have the same thought like me and hope that an antidote can be developed as soon as possible”, the actor declared.

He continued, “I have a ‘naive’ idea now. No matter which individual or organization develops the antidote, I want to thank them with 1 million yuan”.

He stressed the fact that he doesn’t want people to suffer from the virus when they should be enjoying life. And it is not about the money but the people.

Back at home during the medical masks and protective gear emergency, the actor was among the people who donated generously. It goes to show this guy is exactly how he looks like; a person with a heart of gold.

Kicks and nunchakus for coronavirus

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World Health Organization (WHO) has declared it a global health emergency. Whether coronavirus likes it or not, it has to face the likes of Jackie Chan and the world of martial arts knows that if he sets his mind to something, he is unstoppable. Get ready to face round-house kicks because the attack mode is on which will not stop until it is defeated.

Background

The origin of this virus is still unknown; however, the Chinese city of Wuhan, located in the province of Hubei is under attack since December 2019. The area has been discussed so many times in the past that most of us have memorized it by now. However, it is of utmost concern to come up with a remedy.

All the efforts are being done to create a vaccine that neutralizes it in the system of an infected person. Most probably, the ideas will form into a permanent solution any day now.

Peace to the world

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As of now, 780 people have died of this virus in China and a large number of people (over 37,000) are infected from it both in and out of the country. God bless the people as we hope to God to shower His peace and blessings from eternal heavens and wipe this menace of the face of the earth.

Conclusion

P3Care medical billing service supports any research efforts being done around the world against coronavirus. We may fail once; we may fail twice, but if we continue to look for a vaccine, ultimately, we will have one. The healthcare industry in the US is as concerned as anyone else. US government organizations such as the CDC have reassured the Chinese government that they are always ready to help.

The Women of Substance in Health IT Sector 2019

Women have always participated in the progression of several fields in one way or another. But, 2019 is especially the year of Women Empowerment.

As 2019 is about to end, we thought why not acknowledge some of the winning women that have achieved milestones in the healthcare IT sector.

It is to be noted that these women have been doing extremely well in the past years, and are shining now more than ever.

 

  1. Robyn Baek (Vice President of Analytics at SOC Telemed (Reston, Va.))

This woman has introduced the culture of the data-driven system in her organization. She manages all major decisions of the company with timely data support. This step ultimately boosted up their finance sector and operational performance.

Making easy access to data for everyone and displaying instant results to relevant stakeholders via an LED is a remarkable idea, tossed by Robyn. She also implemented dashboards to help hospitals compare their performance with the competitors. Her efforts also increased the telepsychiatry business for her company.

  1. Paola Arbour (Executive Vice President and CIO of Tenet Healthcare (Dallas))

From digital technology, data automation, and customer experience, Ms. Paola Arbour has taken its company to the next level, enabling strategic direction in health IT.

She also built up a vendor revitalization program in association with Microsoft and Cerner, while introducing a self- funded talented individuals, willing to work in this sector. Apart from the professional responsibilities, Paola also is a public speaker and shares revolutionary ideas on public tech forums on behalf of women.

  1. Debbie Cancilla (Vice President and CIO of Atlantic Health System (Morristown, N.J.))

Ms. Debbie Cancilla has been working as a CIO for twenty-five years now. You can imagine that she started her career back in time when women working in a professional or sensitive field was considered a taboo.

Right now, she is responsible for catering to EHR installation and related technological fronts for her company.

  1. Pamela Arora (Senior Vice President of Information Services and CIO of Children’s Health (Dallas))

Having 30 years of IT experience in hands, she has been doing work in health information management, biomedical technology, and support. Her name also comes forward in the HIMSS Stage 7 EMR Adoption designation project. This project has also been awarded the HIMSS Enterprise Davies Award for the progressive use of EHRs.

She has also been a part of Dallas-based Perot Systems as a CEO and served as a senior vice president and CIO of Worcester, Mass-based UMass Memorial Health Care.

The above-mentioned women are just a few ladies from a constantly increasingly list. Without a doubt, there are lots of ladies to watch out, and P3 Healthcare Solutions recognizes all of their efforts.

Intriguing Changes in Health IT Leadership in 2019

News that involves changes or moving of the top leadership always spices things up, especially when 2019 is about to end. Before 2020 starts its proceedings officially, Becker’s Hospital Review reports the following executive changes of late to affect the hospitals, practices, companies, and federal institutions.

People are the most-prized asset of an organization, but if they decide to make a move, a company is best left with the alternatives it has been training, specifically, for that day.

  1. Toby Cosgrave, MD

He was until recently the CEO of Cleveland Clinic, but now has a new position of senior advisor at InnovaHealth Partners, a medical device discovery organization.

  1. James Merlino, MD

Cleveland Clinic has appointed James Merlino, MD as their chief clinical transformation officer which is a position created for the first time in the history of the clinic.

  1. Mike Sutten

Mike Sutten adopts the position of chief digital officer in a healthcare technology company, Innovaccer.

  1. John Halamka, MD

Rochester, Minnesota-based Mayo Clinic now has the likes of John Halamka, MD, who was previously the CIO of Boston-based Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. We’d like to say, ‘welcome aboard’.

  1. Sundar Pichai

The prior CEO of Google, Sundar Pichai finds a lead role in Alphabet and will be responsible for its expansion in healthcare.

  1. Hema Budaraju

Facebook isn’t behind when it comes to changes in its top leadership. That brings us to Hema Budaraju, the product management director for Facebook’s health-related actions as she finds a spot in Google in a lead role with a promise to expand apps like Google Maps. It will have a greater social and environmental influence.

  1. Stephanie Reel

She is about to retire from Baltimore-based Johns Hopkins in July 2020, ending a decorated career of over 3 decades as an IT leader.

  1. Mustafa Suleyman

The co-founder of DeepMind, a health-driven artificial intelligence enterprise, Mustafa Suleyman, leaves his post to join Google’s AI team. The company was taken over by Google in 2014.

  1. Cletis Earle

Penn State Health chose Cletis Earle to become their senior vice president and CIO at the Hershey, Pennsylvania-based health system and Penn State College of Medicine.

  1. Betsy Nabel, MD, Martin Chavez, MD, Naglaa Rizk, MD, and Marie McDonnell, MD

Every well, a digital health innovator, accepted a couple of health system leaders to its scientific advisory board. Welcoming such great minds is a milestone in itself.

  1. Nancy Flores

McKesson has a new executive vice president, CIO and chief technology officer (CTO) in the name of Nancy Flores.

  1. Jacqueline Shreibati, MD

Google Health has Jacqueline Shreibati, MD with them who was the CMO of wearables startup AliveCor. It is an honor to hold a position in Google as the biggest search engine in the world.

P3care wishes them well and hopes that they will be the right fit in their new roles. Remember to focus on yourself before you can work for your company as you can’t pour a drink from an empty cup. First, fuel up before making yourself useful to others.

The Southern States of America under Flu Attack!

Deep South states of America are on alert as the flu season in one peak there.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is worried about high levels of flu and related illnesses in many states as Georgia, Alabama, Texas, Nevada, South Carolina, and more.

It seems like there is an alarming situation in the states as a high level of influenza are reported.

Doctors state that the reason behind it is the traveling and gathering of family and friends because of the holiday season, and those who are not vaccinated should be vaccinated in time to prevent flu and other complications.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports four deaths among kinds in the year 2019-2020. The conditions can go severe and symptoms include flu, fever, cough, headaches, fatigue, vomiting, and sometimes diarrhea.

The most affected age group is 5 years younger and people of 65 years and more.