Dear Doctors and Staff,
2012 should be an exciting year, especially for those taking the step forward, becoming compliant in Medicare and going paperless. Big step....however, if you plan on being in practice in 2015, this is the year to get into action.
Three areas are critical for Chiropractors who wish to stay in practice after 2015.
1. We must know and follow the Medicare guidelines. We have all signed a contract with CMS that we know and will follow all the rules in Medicare. With Chiropractors across the USA having a 67% Error Rate, even just filing a Medicare claim, it's pretty obvious most Chiropractors think they know how to do Medicare, but they don't. They usually find that out after a failed audit and a donation of money back to the Medicare carrier.
2. We must be protecting personal health information that we have collected on our patients in our office. Specific guidelines and procedures must be followed by the doctor and all staff at all times. Those procedures and policies of how your are protecting personal health information must be made available to your patients.
3. We now have 11 1/2 months to become Medicare Compliant. There are seven areas specifically presented by the government that we are required to address. We are required to take specific action steps, develop policies and procedures, appoint Compliance Officers, etc. It's no little job, but it is required by the government.....only if you plan on being in practice in 2015.
We do offer a Compliance Guide Book and CD. Policies and procedures are completed, ready to be reviewed, and can be used as your Medicare Compliance Program. It took me 2 1/2 months to develop.
Do you know the importance of learning the correct way to do Medicare by federal standards and becoming Medicare Compliant?
Have questions? Give me a call today 618-395-3800.
~Dr. Gary R. Street