CAC Live Is Coming To Lakewood
February 10 – 12, 2015
Make compliant billing your New Year’s resolution in 2014. MTANJ has partnered with the National Academy of Ambulance Coding® (NAAC) to bring the nation’s only Certified Ambulance Coder™ (CAC) course to our membership on our own turf.
The CAC course covers all aspects of ambulance billing, coding and compliance. The course is organized to follow the claim process – from pre-billing to coding to follow-up and compliance. The program begins by addressing the foundations necessary for proper ambulance billing, including anatomy, physiology and terminology, which is critical for billers and coders. The program also covers ambulance documentation, signature rules, billing forms and other vital pre-billing knowledge.
The CAC course also addresses the fundamentals of ambulance coding, including procedure coding, ICD coding, proper use of transportation indicators, modifier selection and much more. The curriculum also covers the ambulance-specific billing rules of all major payers, including Medicare, Medicaid, managed care organizations, commercial insurers and others. The CAC program also addresses the “nuts and bolts” of the claim production process, including claim preparation and submission, posting and remittance, denials and appeals and collections. Finally, the course covers the major compliance areas that ambulance billers need to know, including preventing false claims, performing internal claim audits, HIPAA compliance and more.
SEATS ARE LIMITED! Don’t miss the opportunity to obtain this certification right here in our own backyard! Visit www.AmbulanceCoding.com for more details and to register.
GREAT NEWS For MTANJ Members!
After a LONG drought...
an INCREASE IN BLS MEDICAID RATES IS ON THE WAY!!
We have just learned that Logisticare is planning to increase the BLS rate for providers to $100.00 base rate and $2.00 per mile. While this is a significant percentage increase (72%), we recognize that we must continue our efforts to bring equitable rates to the entire industry in order to sustain the work we do.
Medicaid has not increased its rates in nearly two decades, and New Jersey continues to be one of the lowest payors in the nation.
As you are aware, MTANJ, on behalf of its members, meets regularly with Logisticare and senior Medicaid officials on your behalf, and has provided comments on the new RFP for a broker. We are confident that only by continuing this important advocacy can rates, as well as other critical workplace issues, be addressed successfully.
Logisticare will be reaching out to providers to amend the Exhibit B Fee Schedule over the next month.
Thanks go to MTANJ officers and our lobbying team for their work in advancing the interest of Association members.
Passenger Vehicle Transportation
On June 10, 2014, Jim Arose, Manager 2 and Tom Bednarz, Director from the NJ Motor Vehicle Commission came to the membership meeting to discuss the changes to the vehicle registrations (plates) for passenger carrying vehicles.
To view their presentation, click here.
By Brian S. Werfel, Esq. and Kathy Lester
On May 22, 2014, CMS announced a limited prior authorization demonstration program for repetitive scheduled non-emergent ambulance transports in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and South Carolina. Through the demonstration, CMS seeks to ensure that these types of ambulance transports are furnished in accordance with Medicare program requirements. The AAA has recommended to the Congress and discussed with CMS that prior authorization is one approach to eliminating fraudulent behavior that is more targeted than . . .
LOOKING FOR MEDICAL TRANSPORTATION?
The MTANJ is a trade association representing EMS, ambulance, and MAV providers and does not offer transportation services. If you need assistance finding a provider, please visit the links page for a listing MTANJ member companies or you may contact the MTANJ (732) 719-7229.
If you have Medicaid or a Medicaid HMO as your primary insurance, you will need to arrange your transportation through NJ Medicaid's transportation broker, LogistiCare. The number to call is (866) 527-9933.
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