PUREDI welcomes our newest client, Brooklyn Audiology Associates, PC. With three locations in and around the Brooklyn, New York area, Brooklyn Audiology provides personalized hearing solutions utilizing the latest in hearing technology provided by highly experienced hearing healthcare professionals. Brooklyn Audiology was established in 1980 and is owned and led by Richard Kaner, M.A., FAAA- Audiology. “We have discovered an untapped and under-served market with established audiology practices that are expanding into the commercial insurance market, and we look forward to working with one of the best, most highly respected practices,” says Kathy Campbell, CEO/President of PUREDI.
Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has started mailing the new Medicare cards. The first recipients of the Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI) cards will be people enrolling in Medicare for the first time, no matter where they live. Current beneficiaries will then start receiving their new cards on a rolling basis over the next several months. During the transition period which will last through the end of 2019, both cards will be accepted by CMS.
The MBI’s are 11 characters in length and are comprised of numbers and uppercase letters. The ID’s are completely random and have no particular meaning. Beginning January 2020, you must file all claims with the MBI information no matter when you performed the service.
For all practices, your staff should start asking all Medicare beneficiaries for their new card at the time of scheduling and/or appointment time. This roll-out will probably take longer than expected, so be persistent and patient. After all, we are finally getting an ID card that helps protect Medicare beneficiaries!
Texas’ new telemedicine law has made many physicians happy and opened the door to long-awaited opportunities. Under the new law physicians now have a clearer–and potentially more flexible– set of guidelines to follow when treating patients via telemedicine. The new law clarifies what type of technology is required, when in-person visits are mandatory, and where telemedicine visits can take place. Of course, following Medicare rules remains essential in maintaining compliance.
The new law specifies three choices for the use of technology
• Real time audiovisual interaction between the physician and the patient;
• Technology that provides clinically relevant video or photographic images; or relevant patient medical records, such as diagnostic images;
• And other software audiovisual technology that complies with state and federal security and privacy laws.
Paramount in the new law is the removal of the mandatory initial in-person visit. As long as a telemedicine visit meets the appropriate level of quality care standards that all physicians follow, physicians are permitted to treat patients regardless of location. A telemedicine visit may not be appropriate in certain instances, such as treating certain chronic conditions, conducting diagnostic procedures, ensuring the quality of the visual exam, or lacking access to the patient’s medication and historical diagnostic information. In these cases an in-person visit would be indicated.
The new state law also allows the patient to be at home for the telemedicine visit instead of the previous requirement of a clinical place of service. The emphasis is shifted from physical location to establishing a patient-physician relationship while satisfying the standard of care.