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Important Notice for Medicare Providers: Medicare Beneficiaries Identifier is replacing Social Security number

The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) of 2015 mandates removal of Social Security Number (SSN)-based HIC numbers from Medicare cards to address current risk of beneficiary medical identity theft. CMS will use a new MBI generator to assign over 150 Million MBIs beginning April 1, 2018, and continuing through December 31, 2019, for full implementation January 1, 2020. While CMS will continue to process transactions utilizing a beneficiary's current HIC number during the transition period, Medicare fee for service entities must modify their current processes and systems to be ready to submit or exchange the MBI by April 1, 2018. The current system requires a 9-byte SSN plus 1 or 2-byte BIC. The MBI system will require an 11-byte alpha numeric numeration system. All Medicare fee for services entities are advised to check all of their internal billing systems to be certain the software they are currently using will accommodate the new MBIs. During the transition period, Medicare entities will be allowed to enter either the MBI or HIC number. If you use vendors to bill Medicare, ask them about their MBI practice management system changes and make sure they are ready for the change.

Health care's bounty system

In the Old West, bounty hunters wore cowboy hats and spurs. They would pursue fugitives across plains, through valleys and over mountains in search of a payday. Today, bounty hunters wear business attire and might work for the federal government, suppliers of durable medical equipment, home health care companies or other providers.

Selling your home services? Follow these tips

Anyone who runs a home health agency knows how all-consuming it can be: You care deeply about your patients, you have hired the best employees out there and you put in the effort to make your care extra personal. Now, after countless hours of hard work, you are ready to sell its services.

Sleep and meals do not count as work in 24-hour shifts

In the state of New York, there is a long-standing practice that if a home care attendant works a 24-hour shift, their employer need only pay them for 13 hours of work. This is because the remaining 11 hours are spent, presumably, eating meals and sleeping. Although this practice has been the legal precedent in New York for years, two recent court cases nearly toppled it entirely.

3 benefits of investing in a home health care franchise

Are you looking for the next big thing but do not want to worry about the stress of completely starting from scratch? You might consider purchasing an existing health care franchise or business. One franchise that has grown at a great rate over the past few years is home health care. Home health care, sometimes called senior care, is something for you to consider due to the low investment costs, growing popularity and the fact it is an industry with a good purpose.

In home health care, miscommunications can result in readmission

The late actor Paul Newman had a number of iconic roles, but perhaps none more memorable than charming bad boy Cool Hand Luke. Perhaps no line summed up the character better than his taunting of authority when he said at the film's end, "What we've got here is a failure to communicate."

Feds: Hospices must get proper patient certifications from physicians

In its annual report from the 2015 fiscal year, the Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Inspector General had some criticism for hospices.