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August 2016

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CODING AND BILLING ALERT FROM THE TRAUMA CENTER ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA (TCAA)

Proposed Policy, Payment, and Quality Provisions Changes to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule for Calendar Year (CY) 2017

We would like to draw your attention to the following recently released information from CMS:

https://www.cms.gov/Newsroom/MediaReleaseDatabase/Fact-sheets/2016-Fact-sheets-items/2016-07-07-2.html

As part of the requirement enacted by Congress, the CY 17 physician fee schedule rule proposes to survey a large, representative sample of practitioners and their clinical staff in which respondents would report information about approximately 20 discrete pre-operative and post-operative visits and other global services like care coordination and patient training. CMS expects to obtain data from approximately 5,000 practitioners.  Based on the results of the data, the agency would revalue surgical services during future rulemaking.  

What can we do?

CMS will accept comments on the proposed rule through September 6, 2016 and will respond to comments in a final rule. We encourage you to submit comments directly and provide a copy of your comments to TCAA.  In addition, our federal lobbyists are drafting comments on behalf of TCAA.  The proposed rule will appear in the July 15, 2016, Federal Register and can be downloaded from the Federal Register at: https://www.federalregister.gov/public-inspection.


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Finance

REMINDER:  New Membership Invoicing Schedule

Trauma Center Association of America (TCAA) is updating our invoicing procedure effective April, 2016. TCAA is moving to a January to December calendar year fee schedule.  We feel this dues schedule will help streamline our accounting process and provide a better system of organization for our members.  We will be pro-rating your 2016 membership dues accordingly. Contact us with any questions at 704-360-4665.

Please make sure you update your Accounts Payable office with our new address:

108 Gateway Boulevard, Suite 103

Mooresville, NC  28117


Education

Webinars

  • August 25th: Damage Control Orthopedics Webinar REGISTER TODAY! Free CME's and CE's available!

Upcoming Trauma Conferences

TCAA Annual Conference Courses

 

   Finance and Business Course
   October 3, 2016

   8:00AM – 5:00PM

   CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
 

 

If you don't speak the language of finance and business planning, you are not enjoying the empowerment you deserve.  The TCAA Finance & Business Course includes:

  • Basic & Advanced tracts
  • Reality-based trauma program cases
  • Essential steps in business
  • Strategies for presenting information to executive leadership
  • How to develop a distinctive business case

    

   Trauma Center Leadership Course
   October 6, 2016

   8:00AM – 5:00PM

   CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

 

This course is designed to assist the leaders in trauma centers to develop and sustain their operational processes to ensure successful program management. It targets participation from regulatory agencies, physicians, nurses, pre-hospital providers, administrators, prevention experts, educators and registry professionals. The primary goals of the course are to share the processes that foster development, improvement, sustainability and management of regional trauma systems and trauma centers.

  

   Trauma Medical Director Course
   October 6, 2016

   8:00AM – 3:30PM

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The medical leadership skills needed in today's trauma centers are best gained by sharing the experiences of others.  This course is targeted to current and aspiring trauma medical directors who want to learn how to improve operations in their trauma center and exert control over their trauma surgical practices. The Faculty will deliver core principles for the leadership and business skills needed to succeed in our challenging healthcare climate. Participants will enjoy a collaborative and case-based learning environment.  Each participant will leave with readily employable tactics to improve efficiency, fiscal performance and clinical management in their program.  Practical and immediately usable solutions to common problems experienced by all directors of Level I, II, III and IV trauma centers will be the outcome of this course.


 


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