Maine Medicine Weekly Update - 12/02/2019  (Plain Text Version)

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In this issue:
•  5 things Doctors Need to Know About 2020 Medicare Fee Schedule
•  AMA Comments to CMS 2020 Physician Fee Schedule and QPP Proposed Rule
•  15 Physicians Fired From Chicago-area Health System, Replaced by APRNs
•  MaineCare "Provider" Application Fees to Rise
•  US Life Expectancy Continues to Decline; Maine has 4th Greatest Rate
•  Maine Native, Med Student, Featured in NPR Story on Opioids
•  This Week's Public Health Updates from the AMA
•  IMD Exclusion for SUD and SMI/SED 1115 Waiver Application
•  Safe Sleep Research Project - Provider Survey to improve recommendations for parents
• 2020 Open Enrollment Ends on December 15
•  From The Alzheimer's Association: Making a Plan of Care for Patients with Cognitive Decline and Dementia
•  MMA Legislative Calls Will Start Again in January; Organizational Meeting 12/10 at 6 p.m., MMA HQ
•  Maine Legislature's List of Bill Titles for 2020 Session: Initial Approval List
•  Upcoming Specialty Society Meetings
•  MMA partners with the Maine Suicide Prevention Program and the Maine CDC/Sweetser to offer training for clinicians.
•  10th Annual Maine Patient Safety Academy - March 30, 2020
•  Northern Light Sebasticook Valley Hospital seeks a BC/BE General Surgeon
•  Family Medicine Physician
•  Family Medicine Opportunity in Beautiful Western Maine
•  BC/BE Family Medicine or Internal Medicine Physician
•  Physician Director of Primary Care
•  Full-time, Part-time and Leadership Opportunities for Physicians
•  Opportunities at the VA for Volunteer Physicians
•  Volunteer Opportunity with Partners for World Health


MaineCare "Provider" Application Fees to Rise

Effective January 1, 2020 in accordance with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) application fee requirements, MaineCare will increase its provider enrollment application fee.


[from the Office of MaineCare Services]

Effective January 1, 2020 in accordance with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) application fee requirements, MaineCare’s provider enrollment application fee will increase to $595 per enrollment application for new, reactivating, or revalidating providers, or when adding new service locations to an existing enrollment. You can pay the application fee by credit or debit card at the time of application submission.

You will not be required to pay the application fee to MaineCare if you have already paid the fee to another state Medicaid or Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) or to Medicare (if you are enrolling with MaineCare in the same manner as you have with Medicare) within the past 12 months.

See the updated Application Fee Spreadsheet for more detail about provider types that will be required to pay an application fee for each service location.