MLN Connects® for Thursday, September 5, 2019
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September 5, 2019

MLN Connects® for Thursday, September 5, 2019

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MLN Connects – September is Pain Awareness Month – Learn Pain Management Options


  • New Medicare Card: Do You Refer Patients?
  • IRF Appeals Settlement Option: Deadline September 17
  • Quality Payment Program: MIPS Targeted Review Request Deadline September 30
  • SNF PPS Patient Driven Payment Model: Get Ready for Implementation on October 1
  • PEPPERs for Short-term Acute Care Hospitals
  • DME QIC Contract Award
  • Health Care Supply Chain, Provider Self-Care, and Emergency Preparedness Resources
  • September is Pain Awareness Month


  • Chiropractic Services: Comply with Medicare Billing Requirements


  • Dementia Care: Supporting Comfort and Resident Preferences Call – September 10
  • Health Coaching and Wellness Planning for Self-Management Webinar – September 10
  • New Medicare Card: Open Door Forum – September 11
  • Developing a Hospice Patient Assessment Tool Special Open Door Forum – September 12
  • Opioids: What's an "Outlier Prescriber"? Listening Session – September 17
  • CMS Public Meeting: Action Plan to Prevent and Manage Opioid Use Disorder and Substance Use Disorder and Address Pain Management – September 20

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  • Annual Clotting Factor Furnishing Fee Update 2020
  • Influenza Vaccine Payment Allowances – Annual Update for 2019-2020 Season
  • October 2019 Integrated Outpatient Code Editor (I/OCE) Specifications Version 20.3
  • October 2019 Update of the Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS)
  • October Quarterly Update for 2019 Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics and Supplies (DMEPOS) Fee Schedule


  • CMS: Beyond the Policy Podcast: Dispatches from the Blue Button Developers Conference

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