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Friday, June 7, 2019
CMS Takes Action to Lower Prescription Drug Prices and Increase Transparency »
On May 16, CMS finalized improvements to Medicare Advantage and Medicare Part D, which provide seniors with medical and pr...
Friday, June 7, 2019
The May ENT Voice Advocacy Newsletter Is Here »
The latest edition of the ASCENT advocacy newsletter, "The ENT Voice," is here! This monthly e-newsletter features the lat...
Tuesday, June 4, 2019
USP Announces Chapter 797 Standards »
The long-awaited new U.S. Pharmacopeia Chapter 797 standards on sterile compounding were released June 1 and take effect...
Thursday, May 30, 2019
CMS Takes Action to Lower Prescription Drug Prices and Increase Transparency »
On May 16, CMS finalized improvements to Medicare Advantage and Medicare Part D, which provide seniors with medical and pr...
Thursday, May 23, 2019
No Shortcuts to Safer Opioids Prescribing: CDC Commentary »
In a new commentary in the New England Journal of Medicine, authors of the 2016 Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Guide...
Friday, May 17, 2019
Comprehensive Strategy to Foster Innovation for Transformative Medical Technologies »
On May 2, CMS Administrator Seema Verma for the first time walked through the agency’s comprehensive strategy to improve p...
Thursday, May 9, 2019
New Medicare Card: Transition Period Ends in 8 Months »
Starting Jan. 1, 2020, Medicare will only accept claims submitted with the Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI). Medicare...
Thursday, May 2, 2019
Proposed Rules on Interoperability: Comment Period Extended to June 3 »
HHS extended the public comment period by 30 days for two proposed regulations aimed at promoting the interoperability o...
Thursday, May 2, 2019
Save Lives: Clean Your Hands »
May 5 is Hand Hygiene Day , the World Health Organization’s annual call to action. Clean your hands at the right times an...
Thursday, April 25, 2019
Medicare Fraud & Abuse: Prevent, Detect, Report »
A new Medicare Fraud & Abuse: Prevent, Detect, Report Medicare Learning Network Booklet is availabl e. Learn about:...
Tuesday, April 23, 2019
MIPS APMs Scoring Standard Webinar — April 24 »
Wednesday, April 24 | 2:00-3:00 p.m. Eastern Register This webinar provides an overview of the Merit-based Incen...
Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Patients Over Paperwork April Newsletter »
Read the CMS Patients Over Paperwork April newsletter for updates about our work to reduce administrative burden and imp...
Wednesday, April 17, 2019
ASCENT 2019 Travel Grants - Apply Today! »
Oftentimes, members are unable to attend the ASCENT Annual Educational Conference because their practice does not fund the...
Monday, April 15, 2019
ASCENT in the News: AAO-HNS Bulletin - "What's in a name?" »
ASCENT recently was published in the AAO-HNS' monthly Bulletin! Read about ASCENT's branding journey while learning some t...
Wednesday, April 10, 2019
“Qué está Cubierto” »
On March 21, CMS released an updated version of the Medicare “What’s Covered” app that includes Spanish. “Qué está Cubiert...
Friday, April 5, 2019
OHANCAW: April 7-14 »
Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Week® (OHANCAW), led by the Head and Neck Cancer Alliance and supported by the Americ...
Wednesday, April 3, 2019
Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Database: April 2019 Update — Revised »
A revised MLN Matters Article MM11163 on Quarterly Update to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Database (MPFSDB) – Apri...
Thursday, March 28, 2019
New Medicare Card: 67% of Claims Submitted with MBI »
Many providers are using the new Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI) for Medicare transactions. For the week ending Marc...
Thursday, March 21, 2019
Webinar: Improving Opioid Misuse Prevention Literacy Between Older Adults & Healthcare Providers »
Presented by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)   Thursday, March 28, 2019,...
Wednesday, March 20, 2019
Protecting the Health and Safety of all Americans »
CMS issued new guidance that takes a key step towards making across-the-board improvements in health care safety and quali...
Thursday, March 14, 2019
New Medicare Card: Need an MBI? »
All providers (hospitals and other facilities, group practices, labs, etc.) can use their Medicare Administrative Contract...
Friday, March 8, 2019
Highmark Updates Coverage Policy for Balloon Sinus Ostial Dilation »
Effective Feb. 18, 2019, Blue Cross Blue Shield Highmark updated its commercial medical policies in Delaware, Pennsylvania...
Thursday, March 7, 2019
AAO-HNS Foundation Certificate Program for Otolaryngology Personnel (CPOP) Workshop »
The CPOP Workshop is a three-phase training program designed to teach otolaryngology office personnel basic hearing testin...
Wednesday, March 6, 2019
CMS: Beyond the Policy — New Podcast »
On Feb. 19, CMS launched CMS: Beyond the Policy , a new podcast highlighting updates and changes to policies and programs...
Tuesday, March 5, 2019   (0 Comments - view/add)
Purdue Is Preparing for a Possible Bankruptcy Amid Opioid Lawsuits »
Source: Bloomberg Oxycontin-maker Purdue Pharma LP is preparing for a possible bankruptcy filing as it faces hundreds...
Thursday, February 28, 2019
Quality Payment Program: Payment Adjustment Resource »
CMS posted a new Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) resource , addressing frequently asked questions about the a...
Tuesday, February 26, 2019
MIPS: Participate to Avoid a 2020 Penalty »
Determine Your 2018 Reporting Plan to Achieve at Least 15 MIPS Points So your practice has decided that it doesn’t want...
Thursday, February 21, 2019   (0 Comments - view/add)
MIPS: Check Your Preliminary 2019 Eligibility »
Check the Quality Payment Program Participation Status Tool to view your eligibility status for the 2019 performance per...
Thursday, February 14, 2019   (0 Comments - view/add)
New Medicare Card: Are You Using the MBI? »
Many providers are using the new Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI) for Medicare transactions. For the week ending Jan....
Wednesday, January 16, 2019   (0 Comments - view/add)
New Medicare Card Mailing Complete, 58% of Claims Submitted with MBI »
CMS finished mailing new Medicare cards to people with Medicare across all mailing waves , including Wave 7 states and te...
Wednesday, January 16, 2019   (0 Comments - view/add)
NEW! 2019 Otolaryngology Practice Symposium »
Premiering this year, the Otolaryngology Practice Symposium (OPS) for physicians will provide up-to-date clinical...
Monday, January 14, 2019
AAO-HNS Prior Authorization Survey Deadline Extended to Jan. 31 »
There is still time for ENT practices to complete the AAO-HNS prior authorization (PA) survey. A number of national physic...
Thursday, January 10, 2019   (0 Comments - view/add)
The Latest ENT Voice Advocacy Newsletter Is Here »
The latest edition of the ASCENT advocacy newsletter, "The ENT Voice," is ready for download. This monthly e-newsletter fe...
Wednesday, January 9, 2019   (0 Comments - view/add)
New ASCENT Brand and Website Launches in the News »
As of Jan. 4, ASCENT has been featured in more than 165 national and international news outlets with an audience potential...
Friday, January 4, 2019   (0 Comments - view/add)
Medicare Shared Savings Program: Final Rule Creates Pathways to Success »
On Dec. 21, CMS issued a final rule that sets a new direction for the Medicare Shared Savings Program (Shared Savings Prog...

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