Today’s FYI includes three notices from our good friends in
First: Flu season is looming, so the CDC has issued the “Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), 2007.” More importantly, it’s time to plan youe “Flu Shot Days.” As I discussed last year, schedule some evenings and a Saturday or two, and just invite your patients in for their shot. No appointments, nothing but flu shots. Line ’em up, shoot ’em up. It’s also an opportunity to get people in the door and remind them of the routine preventive care they should be coming in for. Some insurance, including Medicare, pays for preventive care, and if not, those with
Second: September is National Cholesterol Month This is an opportunity for follow-up and education. The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute has resources available for patient education now and throughout the year.
Incorrect Implementation Schedule Published
It has come to
CMS‘ attention that a trade publication recently published a schedule of implementation dates, by contractor, for claim rejections based on the inability to locate an NPI/legacy identifier pair on the Medicare NPI Crosswalk. The dates listed in the publication are incorrect. Providers will be advised by their Medicare contractor as to the particular timeframe for their transition. Any other published schedules are unofficial and may have inaccurate dates. Medicare providers are urged to only rely on information from their Medicare contractors.
Providers may find a recent MLN Matters article helpful in determining how to use the NPI on Part A and Part B claims. You can view the article at http://www.cms.hhs.gov/MLNMattersArticles/downloads/SE0725.pdf on the
As always, more information and education on the NPI can be found through the
CMSNPI page www.cms.hhs.gov/NationalProvIdentStand on the CMSwebsite. Providers can apply for an NPI online at https://nppes.cms.hhs.gov or can call the NPI enumerator to request a paper application at 1-800-465-3203.
That’s the news today!