MSEPS Members: Call for Volunteers!
American Legion Convention Screening
at the Baltimore Convention Center
Saturday, August 29, 2015 - Monday, August 31, 2015
The Maryland Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons and the American Academy of Ophthalmology request your help in providing vision screenings during the convention by volunteering your time during the event.
Your participation in this project is critical. Please fill out the enclosed form for participation and give as much time as you can. If you have any questions about the project, please contact Rebecca Hyder in the Academy's Washington office at (202) 737-6662 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or Meagan Rosina at the Maryland Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons at 410-244-7320 or email@example.com.
Thank you to our 2015 Annual Meeting Exhibitors!
Abbott Medical Optics
Advanced Data Systems
Bausch & Lomb
Capital One Bank
Carl Zeiss Meditec
Eye Doctor Billing
EyeMD EMR Healthcare Systems
MedChi Insurance Agency
Medical Mutual Liability Insurance Society of Maryland
New World Medical, Inc.
Professional Arts Pharmacy
Tissue Banks International
Wells Fargo Bank
Congratulations to our 2015 Resident Poster Contest Winners!
First Place: Aaron Wang, MD
Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins
Second Place: Katie Duncan, MD
University of Maryland School of Medicine
Third Place: Kenneth Levin, MD
Krieger Eye Institute at Sinai
Congress Passes SGR Repeal
– Medicare Fee Cuts Avoided!
The Senate, in a bipartisan manner, passed a repeal of the long-standing SGR payment methodology that will negate the planned 21% reduction in Medicare payments that would have impacted claim payments this week. The Senate bill mirrors the House Bill passed a few weeks ago and the full bill is expected to go to the President for his signature shortly.
Per the American Medical Association, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act was adopted in the Senate by a vote of 92 to 8 on the eve a 21 percent cut to physicians’ Medicare payments was set to take place.
Instead, the bill provides positive annual payment updates of 0.5 percent, starting July 1 and lasting through 2019.
Claims that were held for the first half of April will be processed and paid at the rates that were in place before the 21 percent cut was scheduled to take effect (the fees from January through March 2015).
While the Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) have been instructed to implement the rates in the legislation, a small volume of claims will be processed at the reduced rate based on the negative update amount. The MACs will automatically reprocess claims paid at the reduced rate with the new payment rate.
No action is necessary from providers who have already submitted claims for the impacted dates of service.
In addition to addressing Medicare payment, the legislation outlines several provisions including:
• Medicare’s current quality reporting programs will be combined into one merit-based incentive payment system, referred to as “MIPS.” This consolidation will reduce the aggregate level of financial penalties physicians otherwise could have faced.
• Protections are included so that medical liability cases cannot use Medicare quality program standards and measures as a standard or duty of care.
• Incentive payments will be available for physicians who participate in alternative payment models and meet certain thresholds.
• Technical support will be provided to help smaller practices participate in alternative payment models or the new fee-for-service incentive program.
While the bill supports physicians who choose to adopt new payment and delivery models, it also retains Medicare’s fee-for-service model. Participation in new models is entirely voluntary.