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  • Try the NEW Guided Pathways (DEC2008) Medicare Learning Network (MLN) products! These three booklets incorporate existing Medicare Learning Network (MLN) products and other CMS resources into well organized sections that can help Medicare Fee-for-Service (FFS) providers and suppliers find information to understand and navigate the Medicare Program. The three Guided Pathways booklets guide learners to resources that provide a fundamental overview of Medicare knowledge, as well as detailed FFS policies and requirements. Click here to access the Guided Pathways educational web guide and booklets. (Posted 01/08/09)
  • Medicare Part B Competitive Acquisition Program (CAP) for Drugs and Biologicals: the CAP has been postponed for 2009.  Information about upcoming CAP deadlines is available at: http://www.cms.hhs.gov/CompetitiveAcquisforBios/02_infophys.asp
  • CMS is pleased to post the transcript [PDF, 483] and audio download for the December 9 Listening Session on the Issues Paper [PDF, 211KB] regarding development of a Plan to transition to Medicare Value-Based Purchasing for Physician and Other Health Professional Services. The Plan was mandated by the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act of 2008. Click on these links to view the Agenda [PDF, 21KB] and PowerPoint slides [ZIP, 419KB] from the Listening Session
  • CMS-1403-FC - Payment Policies Under the Physician Fee Schedule and Other Revisions to Part B for CY 2009; E-Prescribing Exemption for Computer-Generated Facsimile Transmissions; and Payment for Certain Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies (DMEPOS). Rule displayed at the Federal Register on October 30, 2008.
  • CMS-1421-N - Medicare Program; Plan to Transition to a Medicare Value-Based Purchasing Program for Physician and Other Professional Services: Listening Session, December 9, 2008. Notice published at the Federal Register on October 24, 2008.
  • Availability of an Interim Study of Alternative Payment Localities under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule - The report entitled: "Review of Alternative GPCI Payment Locality Structures", which was produced by Acumen, LLC under contract to CMS, may currently be found at the following link: http://www.cms.hhs.gov/PhysicianFeeSched/downloads/ReviewOfAltGPCIs.pdf .We encourage interested parties to submit comments on the options presented in the report as well as suggestions for other options. Electronic comments on the interim report may be submitted to MPFS@cms.hhs.gov until November 3, 2008. (Note: Address for sending comments has been corrected, and comment period extended).
  • MLN Matters SE Article: Medicare Part B Drug Competitive Acquisition Program (CAP) Postponed for 2009 [PDF, 97KB] (posted September 29, 2008) 
  • 2009 Part B Drug CAP Announcement  (posted September 10, 2008) 


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