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April 16: National Healthcare Decisions Day

Mar 26, 2024 4:00:00 PM / by Leslie D McDowell, DNP, ANP-BC, RN posted in Primary Care, medicare, advance care planning, conversation


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National Healthcare Decisions Day exists to inspire, educate and empower the public and providers about the importance of advance care planning.  It is an initiative to encourage patients to express their wishes regarding healthcare and for providers and facilities to respect those wishes, whatever they may be.  (Source:

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Social Determinants of Health Risk Assessment: CMS finalizes G code

Feb 27, 2024 8:28:00 AM / by Practice Support Team posted in Social Determinants of Health, medicare, health equity


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Today we bring you some news from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) 2024 Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule. CMS has finalized a new stand-alone G Code (G0136) to pay for administering an SDOH risk assessment, no more than once every 6 months:

G0136: Administration of a standardized, evidence-based SDOH assessment, 5-15 minutes, not more often than every 6 months.

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New CPT Codes for RSV Vaccine Administration

Feb 12, 2024 10:47:22 AM / by Practice Support Team posted in Primary Care, Vaccines, medicare



The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) retroactively added two new CPT codes for respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) vaccine administration to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule files effective for dates of service on and after October 6, 2023.

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G2211: Have You Heard?

Jan 15, 2024 9:59:00 AM / by Practice Support Team posted in Billing, Primary Care, medicare, practice management


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Did you know?

The typical primary care physician caring for Medicare patients must coordinate care with 229 other physicians working in 117 practices?


The 2024 Final Rule from CMS (Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services) established a new code to ensure Primary Care Providers receive additional payment for the high-value visits they provide.

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Time to Submit 2023 MIPS Data!

Dec 28, 2023 9:00:00 AM / by Practice Support Team posted in MIPS, medicare, practice management, CMS


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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) opened data submission for Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) eligible clinicians who participated in the 2023 performance year of the Quality Payment Program (QPP) on January 2, 2024. Data can be submitted and updated until 8:00 p.m. ET on April 1, 2024.


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CMS Accepting MIPS Exception and Hardship Applications Through January 2, 2024

Nov 15, 2023 8:04:00 AM / by Practice Support Team posted in MIPS, medicare


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If you have been affected by extreme and uncontrollable circumstances (rare events entirely outside of your control) you may apply to reweight any or all MIPS performance categories.

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MIPS Value Pathways (MVPs) Registration Window Open

Oct 25, 2023 11:30:00 AM / by Practice Support Team posted in MIPS, medicare, quality payment program, practice management


The Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) Value Pathways (MVPs) registration window is open for the 2023 performance year.  Individuals, groups, subgroups, and Alternative Payment Model (APM) Entities that wish to report an MCP can register until November 30, 2023 at 8 p.m. ET.  

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Bye, summer! Hello flu season?

Aug 30, 2023 8:00:00 AM / by Practice Support Team posted in Primary Care, medicare, flu season


It is not too early to plan for flu season!

The CDC recommends annual flu shots for everyone 6 months and older each flu season. September and October are the best times for most people to get vaccinated.

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Your Patient's Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI) May Change

Aug 8, 2023 9:15:00 AM / by Practice Support Team posted in medicare, practice management


Recently, CMS (Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services) sent letters to people with Medicare who may have been affected by a recent data breach. Approximately 47,000 new cards with new MBI numbers are being mailed to beneficiaries. 

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Making Care Primary

Jul 12, 2023 1:34:00 PM / by Practice Support Team posted in Primary Care, medicare


On June 8, 2023, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a new voluntary primary care payment model for Medicare called Making Care Primary (MCP) that will be tested in eight states, including North Carolina. CMS is offering this model for qualified Medicare providers in North Carolina beginning in July 2024.  Medicare is a federal health insurance program for people age 65 or older, people under age 65 with certain disabilities and people with end-stage renal disease.

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