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October 16, 2014

Alert! Security Breach affecting Internet Explorer 6.0 users

 

The internet security community has discovered a security breach when Internet Explorer 6.0 uses SSL 3.0 to access secure sites, such as Flash Code.

 

We have updated our servers to block access. Affected browsers will display this page:

 

 

To continue to use Flash Code in Internet Explorer 6.0 securely, the following steps must be taken.

 

1. In your internet browser click on the Tools menu on the top of the screen and select Internet Options… from the drop down list.

 

 

 

2. Click on the Advanced tab and under settings, security, scroll down to Use TLS 1.0 and checkmark the box.

 

 

 

 

3. Click Apply to save changes.

4. Click Refresh to load the Flash Code site.

 

These settings will eliminate the security threat and allow normal access to Flash Code.

 

*For Tech Support please call 1.800.711.7873 or e-mail techsupport@flashcode.com.


October 15, 2014

 

Sequestration is Still in Effect:

 

"Mandatory Payment Reductions in the Medicare FFS Program — “Sequestration

As required by law, President Obama issued a sequestration order on March 1, 2013 requiring across- the-board reductions in Federal spending.  In general, Medicare FFS claims with dates-of-service or dates-of-discharge on or after April 1, 2013, will incur a 2 percent reduction in Medicare payments.  Therefore, to prevent making overpayments, interim and pass-through payments related to the Medicare cost report will be reduced by 2 percent.  Beginning April 1, 2013 the 2 percent reduction will be applied to Periodic Interim Payments (PIP), Critical Access Hospital (CAH) and Cancer Hospital interim payments, and pass-through payments for Graduate Medical Education, Organ Acquisition, and Medicare Bad Debts.  Questions about reimbursement should be directed to your Medicare Administrative Contractor."

 

The fees displayed in Flash Code are calculated from the current Medicare Physician Fee Schedule.  Per CMS the 2% sequestration deduction occurs AFTER the claim is submitted to the fiscal intermediary.

 

What this means:

1) You should submit charges with the same, or greater value than what is displayed in Flash Code

2) If you deduct the 2% sequestration amount prior to billing, the fiscal intermediary will STILL deduct an additional 2%.  That means you will receive ~4% less than the Medicare Allowable amount.

 

We will continue to provide information on this matter as it becomes available to us.

 

Below is a link to an article on the Medicare website about “Sequestration”.

http://www.cms.gov/Outreach-and-Education/Outreach/FFSProvPartProg/Downloads/2013-03-08-standalone.pdf

 


October 4, 2014

Our Flash Code WEB product was updated with Q4 data on October 4, 2014.

 

This update contains the following information:

-2015 ICD and DRG updates

-2014 Q4 CPT and HCPCS updates

-2014 Q4 RBRVS medicare fee schedule including "Doc Fix extension"

-2014 Q4 NCCI (unbundling) edits version 20.3

-NCD and LCD Medical Necessity edits to August 2014

-Medicare Part B drug fees for 2014 Q4

-LAB and DME tables for 2014 Q1 (unchanged for Q4)

 


September 24, 2014

All versions of the Flash Code DESKTOP product for 2014 Q4 were shipped.

 

This update contains the following information:

-2015 ICD and DRG updates

-2014 Q4 CPT and HCPCS updates

-2014 Q4 RBRVS medicare fee schedule including "Doc Fix extension"

-2014 Q4 NCCI (unbundling) edits version 20.3

-NCD and LCD Medical Necessity edits to August 2014

-Medicare Part B drug fees for 2014 Q4

-LAB and DME tables for 2014 Q1 (unchanged for Q4)

 


August 4, 2014

CMS updated their DME fees on July 28, 2014.  This update has an effective date retro back to 4/1/2014.

 

Once we were made aware of this change, we quickly worked on getting the new DME Fee Table implemented into our Flash Code 2014 Q3 program.

 

On 7/31/2014 a patch for our desktop program was posted.  Desktop subscribers please visit our Downloads page to install this patch.

 

On 8/1/2014 this update was made to our web program.  Web subscribers can now view the most current DME fees within their online program.


July 22, 2014

Our Flash Code WEB product was updated with Q3 data on July 1, 2014.

 

This update included the RBRVS Medicare fee schedule including the "Doc Fix extension", NCCI (unbundling) edits version 20.2, NCD and LCD Medical Necessity edits to July 2014, Medicare Part B drug fees and the LAB and DME tables.

 

Flash Code DESKTOP product was shipped on 6/26/14.


April 30, 2014

As you may know, Legislation enacted at the end of March extends the "Doc Fix" originally voted in Dec. 2013. The H.R. 4302 Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014 (The SGR or "Doc Fix" bill) prevents the 20% cuts to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule.

 

This bill also included a provision that delays the implementation of ICD-10-CM/PCS by one year. It is now scheduled to take effect on October 1, 2015.

 

Flash Code Provider Web product was updated on April 18, 2014 with this "Doc Fix".

 

Flash Code Provider Desktop product was shipped prior to the "Doc Fix".

We have posted a patch on our Downloads page to update this file. Your should install this patch if you rely on RBRVS or DME Fees.


January 23, 2014

As of mid-January CMS has released a new file containing updated Anesthesia conversion factors for the several states.  Click here to see if your state is affected.

 

All of our Flash Code 2014 Q1 installers have been updated to include the new conversion factors for our Anesthesia product.  A patch for this file has been posted on our Downloads page.


January 3, 2014 Happy New Year!

 

All versions of Flash Code contain the 2014 Q1 updates, including Medicare’s “doc fix” as posted by CMS on 12/30/2013.

 

The Pathway for the SGR Reform Act of 2013 prevented the scheduled 20.1% cut in physician pay and has provided a “doc fix” for three months, setting the conversion factor to $35.8228 through March 31, 2014. 

In addition to the “doc fix”, the update includes:

 

     The new CPT and HCPCS codes
     NCCI unbundling edits
     NCD & LCD medical necessity edits
     DME, LAB, PEN, and Medicare Part B Drug fees

 

The 2014 budget was signed by the House and Senate in the week ending 12/20/2013.
It was then passed to the President who signed it into law on 12/26/2013.
CMS posted the updated RBRVS files on 12/30/2013.

 

Our Flash Code team - comprised of customer support, coding, data and IT specialists worked diligently and quickly to test and implement the updated 2014 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule so that our customers would have acces to up-to-date information at the start of the new coding year.

 

     Online users saw the updated changes after midnight on Jan 1st
     All CDs and desktop downloads were shipped/posted by Jan 3rd

 

Our goal is to provide the best support and service to each of our customers.
If  you have any questions regarding the update, please contact Stephanie Standfill at s.standfill@flashcode.com



January 5th, 2012 - On Tuesday, January 3rd, CMS posted the updated RBRVS fee table that was signed into law on December 23rd, 2011. This fee table contains a 60 day "fix" that stops the 27% pay reduction for medicare Part B provider services.
This fee table has been incorporated into all applicable versions of desktop Flash Code (PROVIDER and Anesthesia) and we anticipate all shipments will be sent by Tuesday, January 10th. Web product will be updated on or before Sunday, January 8th.
For desktop users who need access to the 2012 CPT and HCPS codes immediately, please go to the Downloads page where the 2012 Q1 installers are now available.

December 30th, 2011 - We will be shipping the desktop version of Flash Code 2012 Q1 as soon as CMS releases the updated RBRVS fee table that was signed into law on December 23rd, 2011. This fee table contains a 60 day "fix" that averts the 27% pay reduction for medicare Part B provider services.
This affects Flash Code DESKTOP PROVIDER and ANESTHESIA product users only. (PAYER product has already shipped).
If you need to access the new CPT and HCPCS codes, please LOGIN to our online website using the following:
UserName: temp2012
Password: access

Access will be available until one week after all affected desktop subscriber product has been shipped.
April 1st, 2011 - Flash Code web now contains the Medicare Part B Drug code fees. These fees are released quarterly by CMS and apply Nationally. Examples include: 90655 Flu vaccine $14.86.
J0152 Adenosine Injection $91.73
Q3025 Interferon beta 1-a IM $224.99
March 31st, 2011 - The desktop version of Flash Code for 2011 Q2, with codes, fees, and compliance regulations are available for immediate download.
December 30th, 2010 - The desktop version of Flash Code for 2011 Q1, with codes, fees, and compliance regulations are available for immediate download.
December 9th, 2010 - The House and Senate have passed a medicare pay fix that eliminates the pending 25% pay cut through calendar year 2011.
December 2nd, 2010 - The House also passes one month Medicare Pay Fix, the Physician Payment and Therapy Relief Act of 2010 (H.R. 5712) which is signed into law by the President.
November 19th, 2010 - Senate Passes one month Medicare Pay Fix. Next step is House action, expected after the Thanksgiving recess.

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