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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org