MLN Connects® for Thursday, August 22, 2019
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August 22, 2019

MLN Connects® for Thursday, August 22, 2019

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MLN Connects – New Medicare Card: Read the Updated MLN Matters Article


  • Overall Hospital Quality Star Ratings: Upcoming Enhancement
  • Pneumococcal Vaccine Eligibility Data Issue
  • Venipuncture: Comparative Billing Report in August
  • SNF Provider Preview Reports: Review Your Data by September 16
  • SNF PPS Patient Driven Payment Model: Get Ready for Implementation on October 1
  • Promoting Interoperability: 2019 Program Requirements for Hospitals
  • Quality Payment Program Exception Applications
  • Hospice Compare Refresh
  • Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program: Become a Medicare Enrolled Supplier
  • CBRs: We Want Your Feedback


  • Ambulance Fee Schedule and Medicare Transports

Claims, Pricers & Codes

  • MACRA Patient Relationship Categories and Codes: Reporting HCPCS Level II Modifiers


  • Understanding Your SNF VBP Program Performance Score Report Call — August 27
  • Dementia Care: Supporting Comfort and Resident Preferences Call — September 10

MLN Matters® Articles

  • New Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI) Get It, Use It — Reissued
  • Medicare Coverable Services for Integrative and Non-pharmacological Chronic Pain Management
  • Quarterly Update to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Database (MPFSDB) – October 2019 Update
  • Manual Update to Sections 1.2 and 10.2.1 in Chapter 18 of the Medicare Claims Processing Manual
  • Quarterly Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) Drug/Biological Code Changes - October 2019 Update
  • Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility (IRF) Annual Update: Prospective Payment System (PPS) Pricer Changes for FY 2020 — Revised


  • MLN Catalog September 2019 Edition
  • Ambulance Fee Schedule and Medicare Transports
  • QPP: New Resources
  • Getting Started with Hospice CASPER Review and Correct Reports
  • Behavioral Health Integration — Revised
  • Critical Access Hospital — Revised
  • Swing Bed Services — Revised
  • Screening Pap Tests and Pelvic Examinations Booklet — Revised
  • Hospices: CASPER QM Fact Sheet — Updated

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