HHS touts free care ...
... as docs say preventive services hard to bill
Anew HHS-led campaign to promote the healthcare reform law’s Medicare preventive-care services provisions comes as some physicians continue to maintain that it’s difficult to bill for such care.
In June, HHS announced its “Share the News, Share the Health” campaign to alert the nation’s Medicare population of the law’s preventive services that are available to them at no cost. As part of that campaign, groups including the Coalition of Wisconsin Aging Groups and the Florida Alliance for Retired Americans held roundtable discussions and press events nationwide to inform seniors about the benefits.
But the often-complex process to bill the CMS for these services has caused some headaches for physician groups, despite efforts by the CMS to make billing easier. The CMS created “Medicare Learning Preventive Services” online to give providers detailed information, and officials have communicated this message to various healthcare associations, such as the American College of Physicians, the Healthcare Billing Management Association and the Medical Group Management Association, according to Dr. William Rogers, a medical officer at the CMS. “We’ve met with all of those associations extensively and help them craft their messages to members,” Rogers said.