Bulletin for January 27, 2012

North Carolina Medical Society - NCMS Bulletin

Volume 63 Issue 4 – January 27, 2012

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Government-backed Loans to Physicians Skyrocket

Small Business Administration (SBA) loans to doctors have increased more than ten-fold in the past decade, according to a report on CNNMoney.com (Doctors living on loans, 1-20-12). SBA says loans to physician offices rose from less than $60 million in 2001 to $675 million in 2011.

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Physician Organizations Propose Offset for Congress to Repeal SGR

The NCMS joined with 47 physician organizations this week to ask Congress to repeal Medicare’s sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula by using excesses from Overseas Contingency Operations (no longer needed for wars in Iraq and Afghanistan).

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Written Policy Guidance Sought on Medicare Patients Billed Directly by Unenrolled Physicians

Physician organizations, including the NCMS and other state medical societies, have asked the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for written public policy guidance on how patients enrolled in Medicare may obtain reimbursement for covered services provided by physicians who are not enrolled in Medicare and bill their patients directly.

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Palmetto GBA: Fix for Denied PA and NP Medicare Claims Coming this Week

Palmetto GBA (Government Business Administration) has informed the NCMS that the problem causing claims denials for Medicare patient office visits handled by physician assistants (PAs) and nurse practitioners (NPs) should be fixed this week.

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In This Issue

NCMS Member Resource Center FAQ of the Week: 5010

NCMS PAC Spotlight: Douglas Sheets, MD

Leadership Changes Announced at NC DHHS

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