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January 2015
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  • Top ISMS Headlines January 23, 2015

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    beBe Prepared when Patients Ask for Meter-Exempt Parking Placards 

    Kick off the new year by reviewing the law that "drove" significant changes to the Persons with Disabilities Parking Program. 

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    Fresh Batch of On-Demand Courses Offers Hot Topics, Latest Practice Trends

    Significant discounts for ISMS members

    You're busy. That's why ISMS is rolling out new on-demand courses that can be taken at your convenience, with most offering CME.  

    Among the latest topics: credentialing made easy, the impact of medical cannabis legislation on physicians, OSHA training, how to protect your assets, the future of graduate medical education and more!  

    To register, log on to the ISMS Education Center today!  

    Download this handy education flier and share with a colleague.    


    Now Online: 2015 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule 

    The latest Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) is now available online.   

    To access, visit the  fee schedule lookup tool. If you need further assistance, there's also a  fee schedule assistance page.    

    Questions? Call your ISMS Advocacy Team at 800-782-4767 ext. 1470 or  send an email


    readyReady or Not, ICD-10-CM Changeover Hits October 1 

    In less than nine months, the implementation of the new ICD-10-CM code set will greatly multiply the number of codes that you will begin to use. For example, the number of potential codes for a fractured kneecap will jump from 2 to 480!  

    Check out these videos covering the nuts and bolts of the transition process:

    End-to-end testing 

    Have you been selected to participate in Medicare's ICD-10-CM end-to-end testing? To get acquainted with the guidelines and requirements for successful testing, review this Q & A or contact your payer for more info.  

    Also access ISMS' ICD-10-CM webpage for the latest updates.  

    Questions? Call your ISMS Advocacy Team at 800-782-4767 ext. 1470 or send an email.


    Medicare "Dings" Begin in 2015 for Non-Compliance with Meaningful Use 

    Did you receive a notice in the mail regarding a cut to your Medicare reimbursements for 2015? If you did, you are not alone. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is informing about a quarter of a million physiciansvia snail mail that they will feel a financial pinch this year, affecting more than 50 percent of physicians who treat Medicare patients.   


    Those receiving a letter did not demonstrate meaningful use with an electronic health record system and, therefore, will have their Medicare reimbursements cut by 1 percent. On top of that, some physicians did not prescribe medications electronically and will be dinged an additional 1 percent.  

    The cuts will hit every Medicare bill in 2015, even if the physician has since complied, because the penalties stem from non-compliance with the meaningful use rule. 


    avoidAvoid Claim Denials:
    Specific CPT Codes Required for Care Provided in Private Residence 

    National Government Services (NGS), the Medicare contractor covering Illinois, reports an increase in incorrect CPT codes used for billing outpatient evaluation and management services performed in a private residence.  

    To bill services for a home visit, use these home setting CPT codes:   

    99341-99345 (new patient)

    99347-99350 (established patient)

    Starting February 25, NGS will deny claims if the place of service on the claim is not compatible with the service billed. In other words, avoid using "outpatient" or "office" codes for home visits. 

    MEMBERSHIP  orgdoc

    New in 2015:
    ISMS Membership Discounted for Medical Groups, Medical Staffs  

    Medical groups, hospital staff, med school faculty and independent practice associations (IPAs) with three or more physicians are now eligible for discounts to join ISMS. In fact, the larger the group, the deeper the discount! 

    Joining ISMS brings significant benefits to members and positively affects the landscape of medicine in Illinois. Check out this flier to learn more.

    Enroll your group by contacting outreach staff at 312-580-2416, or membership services at 312-580-6441.  


    limited Limited Enrollment Period:
    ew High Limit Disability Program for ISMS Members

    ISMS is partnering with Disability Resource Group (DRG) to offer a high-limit disability program exclusively for members.
    This unique program offering income protection can fill the gap between a physician's base disability policy and his or her actual monthly income.  

    Please note: Enrollment for this coverage is limited, so inquire now.  

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