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MLN Connects for February 9, 2017

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 Thursday, February 9, 2017

News & Announcements

Claims, Pricers & Codes

Upcoming Events

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News & Announcements


Clinical Laboratories: Easier to Report Lab Data

A reporting entity that has multiple Taxpayer Identification Numbers (TINs) and multiple applicable lab National Provider Identifiers (NPIs) may now register TINs and NPIs under one user. Learn how in the User Guide . Data must be reported to CMS by March 31. For more information visit the PAMA webpage.


Claims, Pricers & Codes


January 2017 OPPS Pricer File

The Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) Pricer webpage is updated with outpatient provider data for January 2017 under “1st Quarter 2017 Files.”


Upcoming Events


Understanding and Promoting the Value of Chronic Care Management Services Call — February 21

Tuesday, February 21 from 1:30 to 3 pm ET

To register or for more information, visit MLN Connects® Event Registration.

During this call, CMS experts discuss the benefits of providing Chronic Care Management (CCM) services and changes for CCM in the Physician Fee Schedule final rule. A new outreach and education campaign from the CMS Office of Minority Health increases awareness about the value of CCM, encourages adoption, and provides an opportunity for health care professionals to ask questions.


  • Value of CCM services
  • 2017 Physician Fee Schedule final rule changes
  • CCM resources to support you
  • Question and answer session
  • Next Steps

Target Audience: Health care professionals who are interested in or currently billing CCM services to Medicare, as well as practice managers, health care administrators, billing specialists, medical coders, and other interested stakeholders.


Looking Ahead: The IMPACT Act in 2017 Call — February 23

Thursday, February 23 from 1:30 to 3 pm ET

To register or for more information, visit MLN Connects Event Registration.

The Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation of 2014 (IMPACT Act) requires the reporting of standardized patient assessment data by Post-Acute Care (PAC) providers, including skilled nursing facilities, home health agencies, inpatient rehabilitation facilities, and long-term care hospitals.  During this call, CMS experts discuss goals, requirements, progress to date, and key milestones for 2017. A question and answer session follows the presentation.

Target Audience: PAC providers, healthcare industry professionals, clinicians, researchers, health IT vendors, and other interested stakeholders.



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