Bulletin for March 5, 2010

North Carolina Medical Society - NCMS Bulletin

Volume 61 Issue 9 – March 5, 2010

Featured Stories

Medicare Payment Cuts Postponed for 31 days; SGR Still Not Fixed

The Senate voted 78-19 late Tuesday evening to pass H.R. 4691, the Temporary Extension Act of 2010, which included provisions to extend 2009 Medicare physician payment rates through the end of the month. As a result, the 21% payment cut that took effect on March 1 has been postponed until April 1.

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CMS Acts to Stop 10-Day Hold on Physicians’ Medicare Claims

After President Obama signed into law the Temporary Extension Act of 2010 on Tuesday, CMS announced it would stop its ten-day hold on physicians’ Medicare claims.

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New BCBSNC Hotline Opened for Physicians

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (BCBSNC) is launching a Physician Hotline for physicians and their practices to call when faced with ongoing problems related to billing, claims, coverage determinations, credentialing, and other issues that aren’t getting resolved.

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Health Care Reform Gets Push from the White House

The debate over health system reform took a more partisan turn this week when President Obama called for Congress to take an up or down vote on the health care reform bill.

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In This Issue

Radiation Oncologists Meet with BCBSNC to Discuss Pending Medical Policy Changes for IMRT

NCMS Physicians Submit 2009 PQRI Data for Free

Honor a Special Physician on National Doctor’s Day, March 30th

More Physician Volunteers Wanted for Doctors on Call

Registration Continues for “The Deadliest Disease in America” Event on March 20 at Duke

Free Webinars Focus on E-Prescribing and PR for Non-Profits

North Carolina Neurologists Elect Officers

Haiti Relief Update

NCMS Dues Deductibility Statement

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NC Obstetrical and Gynecological Society Annual Meeting
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Quality Improvement 101: A Toolbox for Improvement.
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