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Straight Talk Provider Bulletin – June 2014

June 26, 2014

In This Issue:

Important Dates
State of Emergency Notice
Welcome New Members!
Northwestern Announces New President
CMS Policy Change: Requirements for Collecting Overpayments from Providers
NIH Task Force Reports on Chronic Low Back Pain
U.S. Ranks First in Health Spending, Last in Outcomes
Coding Corner
Compliance Corner

Important Dates

  • July 1: Deadline for EHR Incentive Program Hardship Exception Applications (For Medicare providers who were unable to successfully demonstrate meaningful use for 2013: CMS is accepting applications for hardship exceptions to avoid the upcoming Medicare payment adjustment that will begin January 1, 2015.)
  • July 7: Requirements for collecting provider overpayments take effect (see below)
  • August 1: Deadline to apply for the University of St. Thomas Chiropractic Leadership Institute
  • September 6: Coding Seminar with Dr. Anthony Hamm at Northwestern Health Sciences University
  • SAVE THE DATE:  Active Care Certification at Northwestern Health Sciences University. All sessions are from 8 a.m.-noon (Registration information will be posted soon.)
      • September 20: Program 2
      • October 4: Program 4 
      • November 1: Program 2 
      • November 22: Program 4