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NC Medicaid Offers Guidance on Grace Period for 5010 Implementation

The North Carolina Division of Medical Assistance (DMA) has issued a response to the recent announcement from the federal Office of E-Health Standards and Services that it will observe a 90-day grace period for compliance with 5010. (See 5010 Deadline Just Around the Corner, Bulletin, 12-9-2011) 

DMA will continue to process claims filed in 4010 and  5010 formats ONLY until March 31, 2012.  Providers who continue to submit 4010 claims after January 1, 2012 will be required to submit a transition plan documenting their plan to reach 5010 compliance by March 31, 2012. The transition plan must document the steps that have been completed, the remaining steps that need to be completed, the Medicaid provider numbers impacted and contact information, including email address and phone number. 

For questions or assistance regarding this information, please contact Hewlett Packard Enterprise Services (HPES), ECS at 800-688-6696 or 919-851-8888; press option 1.  Click here to read the official notice from DMA.

Physician Assistants, Please Continue to Hold your Medicaid Enrollment Applications

After receiving inquiries about Medicaid enrollment for physician assistants (PAs), the NCMS would like to remind all PAs and their medical practices to hold their Medicaid enrollment applications until the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) approves the State Plan Amendment and the Division of Medical Assistance (DMA) clarifies details around billing, rates, and other applicable requirements for these practitioners. The North Carolina Medical Society will continue to provide updates on this issue as we receive them.

Please contact the NCMS Member Resource Center at (919) 833-3836 or kfreeman@ncmedsoc.org with any questions or concerns.

See related articles:

Physician Assistant Medicaid Enrollment Update (Bulletin, November 4, 2011)

Physician Assistants, Hold Your Medicaid Enrollment Applications! (Bulletin, October 7, 2011)

Reminder: Important EHR Incentive Program Deadlines Are Approaching

The NCMS would like to remind its members of the following deadlines approaching for the Medicare Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program:

More Important Information:

  • Medicare EHR incentive payments to providers are based on 75 percent of the Part B allowed charges for covered professional services furnished by the EP during the entire payment year.
  • If providers do not meet the $24, 000 threshold in Part B allowed charges by the end of CY 2011, CMS expects to issue an incentive payment for providers in April 2012 for 75 percent of their Part B charges from 2011. Please contact the Division of Medicaid Assistance (DMA) at (866) 844-1113 for more details about payments.

Questions regarding the CMS EHR Incentive Program can be directed to Terri Gonzalez, Practice Technical Assistance Coordinator, at 919-833-3836 or tgonzalez@ncmedsoc.org.

CMS Offers Program to Assist Physician ID Theft Victims

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has developed the provider victim validation/remediation initiative for physicians whose identification has been stolen and used to defraud federal health programs. Physicians can seek resolution from Medicare program safeguard and zone program integrity contractors, which operate according to region and state and can investigate instances of identity theft after being notified by a potential victim. The AMA lists information about the contractors at www.ama-assn.org/resources/doc/washington/identity-theft-victim-program-letter-oct2011.pdf. The Medicare program integrity contractor serving North Carolina is AdvanceMed.

Physicians who believe they are victims of identity theft but have not yet suffered any financial liability should contact Palmetto GBA, the Medicare administrative contractor (MAC) for North Carolina, or the federal Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General hotline at 800-HHS-TIPS (800-447-8477).

Sign Up Today for ICD-10 Training

The North Carolina Health Information Management Association (NCHIMA) has partnered with North Carolina Area Health Education Centers (NC AHEC) to provide North Carolina physicians with ICD-10 training. The following Continuing Education class, “ICD-10-CM Training & Implementation Issues (Phase II) for the Provider Office” will be taught at:

AHEC

Location

Training Date

Northwest/Greensboro Greensboro June 9, 2012
Northwest Boone May 11, 2012
Charlotte AHEC Charlotte June 27, 2012
October 24, 2012
Eastern AHEC Greenville August 21, 2012
Wake AHEC Raleigh June 22, 2012
October 25, 2012
Mountain AHEC Asheville June 13, 2012
Southern Regional Fayetteville June 1, 2012
Area L AHEC Rocky Mount May 16, 2012

Click here to sign up for any of the ICD-10 sessions. Questions or concerns regarding ICD-10 can be directed to Franklin Walker (fwalker@ncmedsoc.org), NCMSF Director of Programs and Practice Management, or Terri Gonzalez (tgonzalez@ncmedsoc.org), NCMSF Practice Technical Assistance Coordinator, at (919) 833-3836.

The North Carolina Medical Society can assist its members in the transition to 5010 and ICD-10. Click here for additional resources on the NCMS website regarding ICD-10.

 
 

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