ICD-10 Grace Period Ends Oct. 1

ICD-10 went live October 1, 2015. CMS gave providers a one-year grace period for ICD-10 coded claims, saying they would not deny claims as long as providers used codes in the correct "family" for the treatment. This period of flexibility ends October 1, 2016, meaning CMS will expect providers to use the correct degree of specificity in their claims. Check out this article from Healthcare IT News to learn more.

Legislature Overrides Missed Appointment Fees Bill

During the September 14 Veto Session, the Legislature overrode Governor Nixon's veto of Senate Bill 608. Among other provisions, this bill allows providers to charge Medicaid patients fees for missed appointments. The fees would range from $5 to $20 depending on the number of appointments missed. Providers would be able to refuse to schedule further appointments with the patient until they paid the fee. MARHC has heard from clinics asking whether or not RHCs will be allowed to charge these fees. As the bill is written, it appears to apply to all providers, including RHCs. However, this provision is still a long way from taking effect, and CMS may not allow Missouri to implement it. Befo

Proposed Rules on Asthma Services and Assistant Physicians

The Department of Social Services and Department of Insurance recently proposed rules on Assistant Physicians and Medicaid coverage for asthma services that may be of interest to RHCs. Assistant Physicians In 2014, Missouri passed a law allowing medical school graduates without residencies to practice as Assistant Physicians. Last month the Department of Insurance issued proposed rules on licensure applications and collaborative practice agreements for Assistant Physicians. You can view the proposed rules here. Medicaid Reimbursement for Asthma Education and In-Home Assessments DSS proposed a rule outlining policies on Medicaid coverage for asthma education and in-home assessments. The ru

Upcoming MO HealthNet Webinars for RHCs

Mo HealthNet is offering a series of interactive web-based trainings for providers this fall. Each webinar will cover: Electronic claim filing on the Mo HealthNet portal (, including information on claim forms, third party liability, and crossover claims Program benefits, limitations, and documentation Resources available on and the Mo HealthNet website Six of these trainings are specifically designed for rural health clinics: October 12, 9:00-11:00 am (provider-based) October 18, 9:00-11:00 am (independent) November 1, 9:00-11:00 am (independent) November 1, 2:00-4:00 pm (provider-based) December 6, 9:00-11:00 am (independent) December 6, 2:00-4:00 pm (provider-based)

2016 KC Safe Opioid Prescribing Workshop

The Regional Opiates & Heroin Steering Committee and Kansas City Quality Improvement Consortium invite you to attend the 2016 KC Safe Opioid Prescribing Workshop. When: Friday, October 21, 2016 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Where: Kauffman Foundation Conference Center in Kansas City, Missouri Cost: Free (Lunch will be provided) ​ Topics to be discussed: The Opioid Crisis Chronic Pain & Behavioral Health Safe Opioid Prescribing in Primary Care & Dentistry Patient Assessment, Treatment, & Engagement Case Studies/Breakout Sessions To register and for more information, go to:

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