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Your Stress Is Showing

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 17:15:00 GMT

Stress affects us all and, without it, we'd never accomplish anything. However, chronic and unrelieved stress can make us sick, even kill us. Try these five free and sure-to-help ways to manage and relieve stress—you’ll be healthier and happier.

3 Ways To Prevent Cancer

Thu, 03 Apr 2014 13:57:00 GMT

It’s frightening to hear, “You have cancer.” However, by making choices to prevent it, most people can avoid cancer. Follow these three steps: get regular screenings, ask if you need a couple of well-tested vaccines, and make better choices about healthy living.

Colonoscopy Quality Is Important

Thu, 20 Mar 2014 15:31:00 GMT

Colonoscopies are the “gold standard” in colon cancer detection and prevention. An expert tells why the vast majority of colon cancers are not due to fast-growing cancers. He says they’re due to the quality of the procedure and the person performing it.

What's New

Novitas to host 2014 Medicare Symposium - Posted:Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Novitas Solutions will be hosting a Symposium near you. The 2014 Medicare Symposium Brochure is now available! The brochure includes the event description, locations, the symposium agenda, course descriptions, and helpful event day reminders. Get all the details today and learn everything you need to know to attend our upcoming symposiums.

Click here to download the brochure and learn more.

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.