OIG Reviews Pinnacle Business Solutions, Inc. for 2005

Review of High-Dollar Payments for Medicare Outpatient Services Processed by Pinnacle Business Solutions, Inc., During Calendar Year 2005 (A-06-08-00042) http://www.oig.hhs.gov/oas/reports/region6/60800042.pdf None of the four payments of $50,000 or more that Pinnacle made to providers for outpatient services during calendar year 2005 were appropriate. Three of the claims were adjusted prior to the start of our audit; for the remaining claim, Pinnacle overpaid the provider $46,000.

Anesthesia Billing

I'm new to anesthesia billing and am having trouble. How do I show an accurate charge amount if only the time units/minutes (and not the base units) are to be noted in box 24G of the CMS 1500? Also, Medicare requires submission of anesthesia minutes instead of units...how does that work?

BCBS to Cut up to 1,000 Jobs

LANSING, Mich.: The state's battered economy took another blow Friday when Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan announced plans to eliminate up to 1,000 jobs this year and request rate increases for some of its health insurance customers. The Detroit-based nonprofit said the moves are necessary to preserve its financial health. Read the rest of this story here: http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2009/01/16/america/Blue-Cross-Job-Cuts.php

CMS - E-Prescribing Incentive Program Update

E-Prescribing Incentive Program Update

Medicare Fee Schedules

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has condensed all 56 Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) carrier specific pricing files into one zip file. This file is found in the list on the CMS web page at http://www.cms.hhs.gov/PhysicianFeeSched/PFSCSF/list.asp. It is labeled as “All States” in the State field, and “2009” in the Calendar Year field. Because the list is ordered by State name, “All States” appears after the Alaska files. If you sort by most recent Calendar Year, the file will appear at the top of the list.

CMS Issues 3 NCDs to Protect Pts

Somebody please close the door - I think the animals escaped from the barn! __________________________________ CMS Issues Three National Coverage Determinations to Protect Patients From Preventable Surgical Errors