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New Medicare Fee For Service ABN Form
5/5/2017
The Medicare Fee For Service ABN form has undergone its regular 3-year review by the Office of Management and Budget. There were no changes to the body of the form, but new verbiage has been added below the signature to notify patients that CMS does not discriminate in its programs and activities, and that the form may be requested in an “alternative format.” Additionally, the expiration date at the bottom of the form has been changed from 03/11 to 03/2020. The effective date for the new form is June 21, 2017, which allows time for providers to use up the old forms and print the new ones.
Read more at CMS.

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CMS Proposes Revisions to Simplify MACRA
6/21/2017
CMS on June 20 announced a proposed rule that aims to simplify reporting requirements under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) of 2015.
Read more at AuntMinnie.com.

Spending Bill Supports Mammo Coverage
5/5/2017
A budget increase for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and a provision protecting insurance coverage for screening mammography starting at age 40 have been incorporated into an omnibus federal spending package. 
House Passes AHCA
5/5/2017
After numerous delays and intensive backroom negotiations, on May 4 the U.S. House of Representatives finally passed H.R. 1628, the American Health Care Act (AHCA), legislation that repeals major elements of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), commonly referred to as “Obamacare,” and implements numerous new conservative health care policies. 
New Medicare Fee For Service ABN Form
5/5/2017
The Medicare Fee For Service ABN form has undergone its regular 3-year review by the Office of Management and Budget. There were no changes to the body of the form, but new verbiage has been added below the signature to notify patients that CMS does not discriminate in its programs and activities, and that the form may be requested in an “alternative format.” Additionally, the expiration date at the bottom of the form has been changed from 03/11 to 03/2020. The effective date for the new form is June 21, 2017, which allows time for providers to use up the old forms and print the new ones.
Read more at CMS.

NE to Report Breast Density
4/28/2017
Governor Pete Ricketts signed LB195, Cheri's Law, on April 26, 2017 making Nebraska the 32nd state to report dense breast tissue to the patient through the mammography report. Cheri's Law is effective September 2, 2017.
Read more at Are You Dense?

Important New Compliance Resources
4/21/2017
Recent extremely helpful compliance guidance has been issued by both the US Department of Justice (DOJ), and the HHS Office of Inspector General (OIG). Both compliance guidance resources should be considered by imaging providers/suppliers as they work to structure, implement, monitor, and evaluate effective compliance programs.
Read more in Link.

Clinical Decision Support FAQ
4/18/2017
The ACR has shared a Clinical Decision Support background information sheet and frequently asked questions document on their website, which we believe will be of interest to AHRA members.
Click here to view.

Iowa Enacts Breast Density Law
4/13/2017
Gov. Terry Branstad of Iowa has signed into law that state's version of breast density notification legislation, making Iowa the 31st U.S. state to do so. The law will go into effect on January 1, 2018. 
Read more at AuntMinnie.com.