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AMA, others push for right to continue billing panel appeals

By Virgil Dickson  |  August 26, 2016

Major medical societies are urging the CMS to continue to allow a decades-old panel that hears appeals from providers who have been underpaid. The CMS, however, largely ignores its recommendations.

Get ready for the end of ICD-10 'flexibilities'

By Joseph Conn  |  August 19, 2016

The CMS has issued an 11-page list of questions and answers to better guide providers in using ICD-10 codes when tighter guidelines come into effect this October.

Medicare Part D spending rose 17% in 2014 because of high-cost drugs

Medicare Part D spending rose 17% in 2014 because of high-cost drugs

By Shannon Muchmore  |  August 18, 2016

The drug with by far the highest cost, despite the lowest claim count of the 10 most expensive, was Gilead's hepatitis C treatment Sovaldi at more than $3.1 billion. Next were Nexium, which treats gastroesophageal reflux disease, and the cholesterol drug Crestor.

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