New Medicare Payment Rules Now in Effect
Several new payment rules for Medicare went into effect on January 1st. Of note, new payment codes have been created to allow reimbursement for telemedicine and advance care planning, including the explanation and discussion of advance directives. The 2016 conversion factor will be $35.83, reflecting the 0.5 percent update specified under MACRA (the payment mechanism which replaced the old SGR formula). New rules affecting Rural Health Clinics, "incident to" billing, value-based modifiers, appropriate use criteria for advanced diagnostic imaging, the Physician Quality Reporting System, public reporting of Physician Compare profiles, global surgery services, and more are now in effect. For more information, download a summary of these rules from the UMA website.
Required Course for License Renewal
EDUCATION FOR CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE PRESCRIBERS
In Utah, legislation was passed that requires health care providers licensed to prescribe controlled substances to complete 3.5 hours of Department of Occupational and Professional Licensing (DOPL) approved continuing education on Schedule II and III controlled substances that are applicable to opioid narcotics, hypnotic depressants, and psychostimulants. (Utah Code Section 58-37-6.5) This required education is intended to reduce the negative effects of controlled substances in Utah.
The UMA Foundation course, CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES: EDUCATION FOR THE PRESCRIBER, is approved by DOPL and available online. You may take the course in one sitting or incrementally and at your convenience from work, home, or any location with internet access. Click here to get instructions on how to begin the registration process or to re-access the course.
Note: In addition to this course, DOPL requires controlled substance prescribers to complete the thirty-minute Controlled Substance Database (CSD) tutorial and examination. This is the same DOPL course that you have already been taking every two years for licensure renewal.
2016 UMA Physicians of Utah Directory in Production
The 2016 Physicians of Utah Directory will be published soon and sent to all members who have an email address on file. The directory will again be available in an electronic format, accessable either on the UMA website to members, and as a PDF file available for sale to the public. Members willl be able to access the file for free by logging in to the website and clicking the "Physician Referral Directory" link under the Membership tab. Each UMA member is granted a single concurrent user license to use the Directory file. Members who wish to share the file with other users (office staff, etc.) can purchase additional licenses for 1/2 the regular price. Non-members will be able to purchase a license for the Directory for $70/license.
Full Dues Discount for Choosing Auto Renew
UMA Full Members who do not qualify for any other discount are eligible to save 7.5 percent off their annual UMA dues if they will sign up for Automatic Dues Renewal via an automatic withdrawal from either a checking or savings account. The withdrawal can be set up to occur in either December or January of each year. Those who already qualify for discounted dues can also sign up for auto renewal, but no additional discount is available.
No more invoices, no more nagging, no more worry. Save a tree and sign up for automatic renewal today.
Contact UMA if you have additional questions.