THE CONVENTUS CONNECTION

April 2019

News And Announcements

New Medicare Part D Opioid Prescribing Policies
New Medicare Part D Opioid Prescribing Policies
As of January 1, 2019, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) instituted several new Medicare Part D Opioid Prescribing Policies.  NJ providers need to understand the new policies while still complying with NJ Opioid regulations.

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SUPPORT Act: Bipartisan Legislation to Address the Opioid Crisis
SUPPORT Act: Bipartisan Legislation to Address the Opioid Crisis
Congress passed bipartisan legislation to start to address the opioid crisis.  There are several sections that can directly affect providers, such as more flexibility with Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT), relaxation of telehealth geographic requirements, e-prescribing for controlled dangerous substances, and much more.

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Healthcare Provider Texting: FAQs
Healthcare Provider Texting: FAQs
Texting by healthcare professionals has become widespread.  But, did you know there are hefty fines for unsecured messaging of e-PHI (Protected Health Information)? You may be texting e-PHI, even if you think you’re not.  

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Compliance Corner

Social Security Numbers: The Golden Egg of Data Breaches
Social Security Numbers: The Golden Egg of Data Breaches
Some physician practices still obtain social security numbers on intake forms and other documents.  However, this is a big source for data breaches in healthcare.  Consider discontinuing their collection in your practice.

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Events And Programs

View the free Conventus webinar on “Getting Paid and Keeping It – Coding and Documentation Requirements”
View the free Conventus webinar on “Getting Paid and Keeping It – Coding and Documentation Requirements”
Conventus has seen a significant uptick in billing and coding audits with post-payment demands of up to $2.6 million!  That’s why we are making the April 3rd webinar available to you in case you missed it or want to listen again. View now!

Spotlight Feature

NJ Out of Network Law Toolkit
NJ Out of Network Law Toolkit
Almost every NJ physician practice is affected by the NJ Out of Network (OON) Law as of August 2018.  There are several requirements for hospitals, healthcare facilities and physician offices.  Read More for a summary of the NJ OON Law as it pertains to physicians.
 
For Conventus members only, the Conventus OON Toolkit has been designed to specifically address the needs of physician and staff workflow.  It includes disclosure requirements, sample disclosure forms, suggested website content and recommendations for implementation, key talking points for staff, and more.   Conventus website log-in instructions for obtaining the Toolkit:
1. Go to https://www.conventusnj.com/Out_of_Network_Toolkit.aspx
2. In the "Sign In" box enter your User Name = First Initial and Last Name. Example: JSmith
3. Enter your Password, or if you do not know your password click on "Forgotten Password" and a new password will be sent to your email.
 
Conventus members can contact the Practice Resources Department at 877-444-0484, x7466 for assistance in implementing the OON law in your office.
2019 MIPS Resources and Assistance
2019 MIPS Resources and Assistance
MIPS (Merit-based Incentive Payment System) requirements have changed for 2019 and can be daunting to easily understand.  To assist the physician community, Conventus has developed an overview of the key changes and highlights. Read More
 
Conventus members also have access to complementary, hands-on, expert Quality Initiatives Consulting Services to help you and your practice successfully navigate MIPS.  Please contact the Practice Resources Department at 877-444-0484, x7466 to schedule your consultation. 

Disclaimer:
The information contained herein is intended for educational purposes only. NIP Management Co., LLC/Conventus takes reasonable efforts to provide accurate information but cannot guarantee its accuracy or that it meets local, state, or federal statutes, laws, or regulations. NIP/Conventus disclaims any and all liability for reliance upon the information contained therein. It is suggested that you consult your legal counsel or other professional consultants about how it pertains to your specific situation.