January 2019
2019 CPT changes: What you need to know
It’s that time of the year again! The new 2019 CPT code changes took effect Jan. 1. Understanding the myriad changes is crucial to obtaining the proper reimbursement for your services. The changes for 2019 address a number of interrelated issues. The AMA updated 335 codes to reflect scientific and technological advances in various services including medical, surgical and diagnostics. Several additions reflect the real possibility of expanding coverage for connected health tools and other new delivery systems to improve health care quality. There were many code revisions with guideline, description and instructional note changes. CPT 2019 offers changes that affect nearly every specialty.

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January Fast Facts: Colorado Quality Payment Program Coalition
Happy New Year! Ready for 2019?
Check out all the 2019 Resources to help you be successful this year. Simply go to the CMS QPP Resource Library to find the 2019 Final Rule and learn more. We also encourage you to scroll down on this page and utilize the filter tool by performance year to find fact sheets, user guides, measure specification criteria and other information as you navigate through this program. Have more questions or need support? Please reach out by emailing QPP Help and Support to get connect to the right support for you!

Read more on CMS.org for news about the 2018 Qualifying APM Participant and MIPS APMs Data, Year 2 data submission period, CMS Web Interface submission period, new QPP log-in system, and upcoming events.
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New Medicare Card mailing complete, 58% of claims submitted with MBI
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services finished mailing new Medicare cards to people with Medicare across all mailing waves.  

Medicare patients are using their new cards in doctor’s offices and other health care facilities. For the week ending Jan. 11, 2019, fee-for-service health care providers submitted 58 percent of claims with new Medicare Beneficiary Identifiers (MBIs), showing that many practices are already successfully submitting claims with MBIs. While you can continue using the former Social Security Number-based Health Insurance Claim Numbers during the transition period, the federal CMS encourages you to use the new MBIs for all Medicare transactions. 

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Register for the CMS “MIPS Reporting for the 2018 Performance Year” webinar
The Philadelphia Regional Office of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will host a webinar focusing on MIPS reporting for the 2018 performance year on Wednesday, Jan. 23, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. MT. The webinar will focus on the requirements of the 2018 MIPS program, with an emphasis on the reporting requirements and submission mechanisms available to clinicians ahead of the April 2, 2019 reporting deadline. Click here to register.
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HHS releases voluntary cybersecurity practices for the health industry
HHS, in partnership with industry, is pleased to announce the release of the “Health Industry Cybersecurity Practices (HICP): Managing Threats and Protecting Patients” publication. The four-volume publication seeks to raise awareness for executives, health care practitioners, providers, and health delivery organizations, such as hospitals. It is applicable to health organizations of all types and sizes across the industry. 

This industry-led effort was in response to a mandate set forth by the Cybersecurity Act of 2015 Section 405(d), to develop practical cybersecurity guidelines to cost-effectively reduce cybersecurity risks for the health care industry. The publication marks the culmination of a two-year effort that brought together over 150 cybersecurity and health care experts from industry and the government under the Healthcare and Public Health (HPH) Sector Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience Public-Private Partnership.

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