Please join us Friday, Feb. 6th - 10am
to learn all about Employment Law
from Margaret Keavney
Ms. Keavney will be focusing on reclassification of exempt employees and requirements for how we treat pregnant employees.
Ms. Keavney will address several changes to the law that will affect EMS and ambulance service employers in the upcoming year. First, the US Department of Labor announced last year that it would be revising the regulations on how to classify workers as exempt from the law requiring time and a half for overtime. This means some employees you consider exempt now may soon be eligible for overtime payments. Ms. Keavney will outline the expected changes, and put them in context regarding the history of minimum wage and overtime law. Next, last week, the New Jersey Supreme Court decided that the federal government's test for whether a worker is an employee or an independent contractor is not the only one employers have to apply. There is now an additional NJ test after the person has been classified under federal law. Finally, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's (EEOC) has issued new Enforcement Guidance on Pregnancy Discrimination extending all ADA requirements for people with disabilities to pregnant employees. What is pregnancy discrimination? The answer to that question has changed!
To recap, at this webinar, you will learn how to figure out:
- Which of my employees will now be entitled to overtime if I do not make changes?
- If some of my independent contractors are actually employees under NJ law.
- Do my current practices or policies amount to pregnancy discrimination under the new guidelines?
Please RSVP to Amanda Cortez at firstname.lastname@example.org. Once you are confirmed, you will receive the instructions to log into the meeting.
Have Pending Medicare Claims: Did you know…?
System Alerts and Claims Processing Issues Reminder
Did you know Novitas Solutions provides you a way to stay informed and up-to-date with system issues that may affect you and your claims? The home page of our website has a red outlined Alerts box with the most current Part A and Part B System Alerts. You can also view archived and resolved system alert issues.
In addition to the Part A and Part B System Alerts, Novitas Solutions provides Part A providers the most current status of claim processing issues that have been identified and are actively working to resolve. These issues are located on the Medicare Part A home page titled, Claim Issues Listing, under the Self Service Resources or from the Claims rollout on the left navigation bar, which lists the different centers.
If you are experiencing processing delays or issues with your claims, you are encouraged to check the Alerts or Open Claims List prior to contacting the Customer Contact Center. If your claim issue is not here, go to the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) link on the left side of your screen to view top inquiries on claim status, claim denials, and other topics. If your issue is not in the Alerts, Open Claims List or FAQs, the Customer Contact Center is available to assist you.
Novitas Announces Start of 2015 Medicare Participation Enrollment Period
The annual participation enrollment program for CY2015 commenced on November 14, 2014, and will run through December 31, 2014.
Participation agreements cover the period January 1, 2015 through December 31, 2015, and may not be changed after December 31, 2014.
To read more, click on the link here.
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 . . .
Click here for more.
Community Partnership for ED Express Care and Case Management
NEW JERSEY MODEL TOOLKIT
The Health Research and Educational Trust of New Jersey, a nonprofit affiliate of the New Jersey Hospital Association (NJHA/HRET), created a toolkit for implementing New Jersey’s model for alternate non-emergency healthcare services, the Community Partnership for ED Express Care and Case Management. This toolkit is intended to help hospitals and local primary care practices, particularly federally qualified health centers (FQHC), collaborate to address the issue of patients who present with primary care needs in hospital emergency departments (ED) by facilitating the use of alternate non-emergency healthcare services.
Click here to download the publication. (Adobe Reader required.)
FCC Narrowbanding Requirements
On January 1, 2013, all public safety and business industrial land mobile radio systems operating in the 150-512 MHz radio bands must cease operating using 25 kHz efficiency technology, and begin operating using at least 12.5 kHz efficiency technology. Make sure any radios purchased before January 1, 2011 comply with the new standard. Visit the FCC's Narrowbanding website to learn more.
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.
MESSAGE TO MAVT INSTRUCTORS
You need a valid username and password to access the special features and forms available on this website. If you do not know your username and/or password, please contact the MTANJ.
Medical Transportation Association of New Jersey
150 West State Street, Suite 110, Trenton, NJ 08608
Phone: 732-719-7229 Fax: 609-392-2664