“The federal law governing Medicare is clear in that it requires the program to cover services provided by doctors of optometry within state scopes of practice and gives Medicare beneficiaries the freedom to seek care from the doctor of their choosing,” said AOA President Ron Hopping, O.D., MPH. “With this action, we are hopeful that seniors will no longer be improperly denied access to medically necessary, covered physician services that they need when they chose to legally obtain those services from optometrists rather than from other physicians.”
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WPS Message for Indiana and Michigan ProvidersHall Render
Wisconsin Physicians Service (WPS) will soon begin to serve as the Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC) for Jurisdiction 8, which includes the states of Indiana and Michigan. According to listserve communications, Indiana Part A providers and Michigan Part A providers will transition to WPS effective July 23, 2012. Indiana Part B suppliers will transition to WPS effective August 20, 2012. WPS is currently the Part B contractor for Michigan suppliers.
Flash of Genius: Medical Matters: URGENT: WPS J8 MAC Medicare change starts at 2:00 Thursday 7/12/2012
. WPS officially starts payor id 08202 on Monday July 16, however they have announced “Dark Days” of Friday July 13 through Tuesday July 17. A dark day is a business day during the cut-over period when the Medicare claims processing system is not available for normal business operations. System dark days may occur between the time the outgoing claims administration contractor ends its regular claims processing activities and the incoming claims administrative contractor begins its first day of normal business operations. Genius is not certain what would happen if you sent Medicare claims with the new payor id between 2:01pm Thursday through 12:00am Monday.It is possible that BCBSM or WPS might hold them until they finish their dark days and process them normally, but we do not have any confirmation from BCBSM or WPS that this actually will happen. Therefore Genius recommends you do all of your Medicare billing before 2pm on Thursday July 12.Then do no Medicare billing until July 16 or later.On July 16 go to your Insurance Code Files and change payor id 00953 to 08202. Don’t change anything else and don’t change it before July 16. Click here for step-by-step instructions for changing the payor id in THOMAS. After you have changed your payor id on July 16 or later you should be able to resume sending your Medicare claims.
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How doctors and hospitals have collected billions in questionable Medicare fees
Medicare has emerged as a potent campaign issue, with both Barack Obama and Mitt Romney vowing to tame its spending growth while protecting seniors. But there’s been little talk about some of the arcane factors that drive up costs, such as billing and coding practices, and what to do about them. Our 21-month investigation documents for the first time how some medical professionals have billed at sharply higher rates than their peers and collected billions of dollars of questionable fees as a result.
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