Patients who accumulate medical debt are getting some relief from credit reporting changes and a new four-point plan laid out by the Biden administration. Meanwhile, providers, whose bills patients are struggling to pay, are pursing more creative and patient-friendly ways to collect those balances. READ MORE
New Medicare local coverage determinations may hinder the ability to be paid for anesthesia services during Epidural Steroid Injections for pain management. The LCDs for several Medicare Administrative Contractors went into effect in late 2021, and others are being rolled out in 2022.
Out-of-network surprise billing protections through the No Surprises Act have been in place since January 1, 2022, based on several final rules released last year. Now, additional guidance and FAQs have been released, along with an announcement about the impending launch of the online Independent Dispute Resolution (IDR) portal. Here’s a breakdown of recent updates.
For the past two years, healthcare clinicians and facilities have received financial assistance from the federal government to help cover the costs and losses related to the COVID-19 pandemic. While the nation is still under a public health emergency, the relief funding is beginning to dry up, and providers who miss reporting requirements may be forced to return funds or face consequences. Here is an overview of recent Provider Relief Fund program changes and deadlines. READ MORE