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5 Tips for a Healthy Vacation

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:33:00 GMT

Don't let illness ruin your next vacation. Follow these 5 tips to keep you and your family healthy, whatever your destination, and how ever you plan to get there.

HHS launches challenge to improve hypertension through health IT

Mon, 14 Jul 2014 14:47:00 GMT

In an effort to help clinical practices use health information technology (health IT) like electronic health records (EHRs) to reduce high blood pressure, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today launched a new challenge asking health care professionals and other caregivers to submit the tools they use to improve patient care.

The EHR Innovations for Improving Hypertension Challenge, launched by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC), is part of Million Hearts®, a national initiative to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes by 2017. Co-led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Million Hearts brings together communities, health systems, nonprofit organizations, federal agencies and private-sector partners from across the country to fight heart disease and stroke.

Surviving a Heat Wave

Thu, 10 Jul 2014 15:55:00 GMT

Heat can be a killer if you don’t take precautions. Read about the symptoms of heat-related illnesses and how to treat them, what increases your risk for heat-related illness, and how to protect yourself this summer.

What's New

Novitas Solutions mailing address forwarding order extended until August 26 - Posted:Thursday, July 24, 2014

The forwarding order has been extended. As a result, effective August 26, 2014, mail received at the Camp Hill P.O. Boxes/Addresses will no longer be forwarded to the Mechanicsburg P.O. Boxes/Addresses. The Novitas mailing addresses are located on the Contact Us page of our website. Please begin using the appropriate Mechanicsburg P.O. Boxes/Addresses now.

Novitas Medicare Learning Center now available - Posted:Thursday, July 10, 2014

The Novitas Medicare Learning Center is now available. All educational events scheduled on and after July 17, will be handled through the center.

Providers, who pre-registered and received their confirmation, will have immediate access to use the learning center to register for upcoming events.

Providers who have not pre-registered must create an account in order to access and use the learning center. Confirmation may take up to 48 hours. So, we recommend you create an account as soon as possible to receive your approval and one-time password. You cannot register for or attend any events until you receive your confirmation email.

Registration for the Novitas Medicare Learning Center is easy. Simply click on the registration link and complete the form. If you have questions regarding the registration process, please see our How to Create a Novitas Medicare Learning Center Training Account Reference.

The Novitas Medicare Learning Center replaces the previous method of registering and attending educational events and is available 24/7. There are many advantages to the new learning system, including:

·         Centralized location for all education materials

·         Tracking of all educational events you attend with Novitas

·         Creation of your own personalized education account

·         Easy access to registration for educational events

·         Continuing Education Unit (CEU) Certificates available for download upon completion of an event

·         Available waitlist for upcoming events that have reached max capacity

·         Web-based training modules available 24/7

To assist you with the many functions available within the Novitas Medicare Learning Center, we created an easy to follow Quick Reference Guide along with Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). 

New and Improved Local Coverage Determination (LCD)/Medical Policy Search Lookup Tool - Posted:Tuesday, June 10, 2014

We’ve previously announced that a new and improved LCD/Medical Policy Search application is coming. The wait is over! On June 13, 2014, you will see and have access to the new LCD/Medical Policy Search Lookup Tool. To assist you in navigating this new tool, Novitas has created step-by-step instructions with screen images and frequently asked questions. Stay tuned and visit the Novitas Solutions website for upcoming educational opportunities.

Avoid Claim Delays - Start using the New CMS-1500 (02-12) Claim Form Today! - Posted:Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Effective 04/01/2014, Medicare is no longer accepting paper claims on the old CMS 1500 claim form with a date of 08-05 in the lower right hand corner. The new form has a date of 02-12. Qualifiers to identify an ordering, referring, or supervising role should be entered to the left of the dotted vertical line on item 17.  Additional information regarding this initiative can be found in the CMS Medicare Learning Network (MLN) Matters:  MM8509; and in a published article by the National Uniform Claim Committee (NUCC) which gives a quick list of updates and claim form order information. 

Task Force Scenario: Documenting Therapy and Rehabilitation Services - Posted:Friday, February 21, 2014
The CERT A/B MAC Outreach & Education Task Force, a partnership of all A/B Medicare Administrative Contractors, created this Task Force Scenario:  Documenting Therapy and Rehabilitation Services guide to educate providers on common documentation errors for outpatient rehabilitation therapy services. These widespread errors contribute to Medicare’s national payment error rate, as measured by the Comprehensive Error Rate Testing (CERT) program.

Click here to download the guide.