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Patient Assistance Resources 2008
Oplinc first printed a special edition Patient Assistance Resources newsletter in the summer of 2007 and that newsletter has been the most requested edition of the Oplinc Best Practices Review.  This edition contains updated information, an expanded list of patient resources as well as some of the still very important and relevant information on Federal laws protecting medical insurance coverage.

We hope you find this edition as useful!

The Federal Poverty Guidelines
The poverty guidelines are issued each year in the Federal Register by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).  The guidelines are a simplification of the poverty thresholds for use for administrative purposes such as determining financial eligibility for certain federal programs. 

The HHS poverty guidelines or percentage multiples of them (such as 125 percent, 150 percent, or 185 percent), are used as an eligibility criterion by a number of federal programs including the following Department of Health and Human Services programs:

  • Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
  • Community Food and Nutrition Program
  • PARTS of Medicaid
  • Hill-Burton Uncompensated Services Program
  • AIDS Drug Assistance Program
  • State Children’s Health Insurance Program
  • Medicare – Prescription Drug Coverage (subsidized portion only)
  • Community Health Centers
  • Migrant Health Centers

2008 HHS Poverty Guidelines

Persons in Family or Household

48 States and D.C.

Alaska

Hawaii

1

$10,400

$13,000

$11,960

2

$14,000

$17,500

$16,100

3

$17,600

$22,000

$20,240

4

$21,200

$26,500

$24,380

5

$24,800

$31,000

$28,520

6

$28,400

$35,500

$32,660

7

$32,000

$40,000

$36,800

8

$35,600

$44,500

$40,940

For each additional person, add

$3,600

$4,500

$4,140

SOURCE:
Federal Register, Vol. 73, No. 15, January 23, 2008, pp. 39713972

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Helpful Resources
National Patient Advocate Foundation
Web site www.patientadvocate.org
Phone (800) 532-5274
Fax (757) 873-8999
Email help@patientadvocate.org
Patient Advocate Foundation (PAF) is a national non-profit organization that provides case managment assistance to patients diagnosed with chronic, life-threatening/debilitating conditions assuring access to care, maintenance of employment and preservation of financial stability. Their website contains links to many helpful resources for patients and caregivers.
Co-Pay Relief 
Web site www.copays.org
Phone 866-512-3861
Fax (757) 952-0119
Email pap@patientadvocate.org
Part of PAF, The Co-Pay Relief (CPR)program provides co-pay assistance to insured Americans who qualify financially & medically. CPR can provide premium & co-pay assistance for patients with certain diagnoses.  Physicians and patients can initate a request for assistance.
CancerCare
Web site www.cancercare.org
Phone 800-813-4673
Fax 212-712-8495
Email info@cancercare.org
CancerCare is a national non-profit organization. They provide limited grants for certain expenses related to cancer treatment.  
NeedyMeds.Com
Web site www.needymeds.com
Phone No phone help-line
Fax 419-858-7221
Email info@needymeds.com
NeedyMeds.Com does not supply medications or financial assistance. They provide a comprehensive listing of drugs and dosages that are available through patient assistance programs. They provide detailed information about the patient assistance program including, the program name, contact information, application forms, eligibility guidelines and the application process and requirements.
Partnership for Prescription Assistance
Web site www.pparx.org
Phone 888-477-2669
Fax 419-858-7221
Email info@needymeds.com
The Partnership for Prescription Assistance offers a single point of access to more than 475 public and private patient assistance programs, including more than 180 programs offered by pharmaceutical companies.

Air Charity Network

Web site www.aircharitynetwork.org/
Phone

877-621-7177

Fax  
Email geoff@mercymail.org

Air Charity Network arranges free flights transporting qualified patients and their families to specialized medical treatment facilities. 

Corporate Angel Network
Web site www.corpangelnetwork.org
Phone 914-328-1313
Fax 914-328-3938
Email info@corpangelnetwork.org
Corporate Angel Network provides free flights transporting qualified cancer patients and their families to treatment facilities. 
U.S.  Social Security Administration
Web site www.ssa.gov
Phone 800-772-1213
Fax  
Email
Individuals who are disabled for 6 months or longer may qualify for benefits. Certain cancer diagnoses qualify. 
Patient Services Incorporated
Web site www.uneedpsi.org
Phone 800-366-7741
Fax 800-744-5407
Email uneedpsi@uneedpsi.org
Patient Services Inc., provides the following programs which will complement any established and existing "patient assistance program": Premium Assistance Program, Copayment Assistance Program.
RxAssist
Web site www.rxassist.org
Phone 401-729-3284
Fax 401-729-2955
Email info@rxassist.org
RxAssist is a national nonprofit resource center containing a comprehensive database of patient assistance programs.
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
Web site www.leukemia-lymphoma.org
Phone 800-955-4572
Fax  
Email
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society provides supplementary financial assistance to patients in significant financial need. The Patient Financial Aid program covers specific drugs related to the treatment/control of leukemia, Hodgkin and non-Hodgkin lymphoma and myeloma.
American Cancer Society
Web site www.cancer.org
Phone 866-228-4327
Fax  
Email
The American Cancer Society operates offices throughout the nation. The ACS can help patients locate various types of assistance.
The United Way
Web site www.uwint.org
Phone 703-519-0092
Fax 703-519-0097
Email uwi@unitedway.org
The United Way is an international organization that can help patients locate various types of assistance.
Healthwell Foundation
Web site www.healthwellfoundation.org
Phone 800-675-8416
Fax 800-282-7692
Email info@healthwellfoundation.org
Healthwell Foundation is a non-profit, charitable organization that helps individuals afford prescription medications they are taking for specific illnesses. The Foundation provides financial assistance to eligible patients to cover certain out-of-pocket health care costs, including prescription drug co-insurance, co-payments & deductibles, and health insurance premiums. Lists of disease states & medications covered are available on their website. An on-line application is also available.
Association of Community Cancer Centers
Web site www.accc-cancer.org
Phone  
Fax  
Email
ACCC maintains a detailed list of reimbursement assistance programs for oncology-related services. The companies listed have programs for physicians and in some cases patients
Chronic Disease Fund
Web site www.cdfund.org
Phone 877-968-7233
Fax  
Email info@cdfund.org
The Chronic Disease Fund provides assistance to under-insured patients with chronic or life altering diseases that require the use of expensive, specialty therapeutics. Covered diagnoses include MDS. Provides co-pay assistance, free drugs to financially qualified patients. Limited diagnoses covered.
Patient Access Network Foundation
Web site www.patientaccessnetwork.org
Phone 866-316-7263
Fax 866-316-7261
Email contact@patientaccessnetwork.org
The Patient Access Network Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to assisting insured patients who are unable to afford their out-of-pocket costs associated with their treatment needs. Applicants must meet certain financial, medical and insurance criteria. A list of covered drugs and diagnoses is available on their website.
Access To Benefits Coalition
Web site www.accesstobenefits.org
Phone 202-479-6670
Fax 202-479-0735 
Email info@accesstobenefits.org
The Access to Benefits Coalition is a national program (available in 37 states) dedicated to helping Medicare beneficiaries with limited means identify and apply for all available resources for accessing prescription drugs and reducing their costs.
State Health Insurance Assistance Programs
Web site www.shiptalk.org
Phone  
Fax  
Email
The State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) is a national program that offers one-on-one counseling and assistance to people with Medicare and their families. Patients can be referred to their state’s SHIP by contacting 1-800-Medicare and asking for health insurance counseling. Patients & others can get state specific information through the SHIP website.
Joe's House
Web site www.joeshouse.org
Phone 877-563-7468
Fax  
Email info@joeshouse.org
Joe's House website lists accommodations that cater to cancer patients, their families, and caregivers and provides a centralized list of appropriate housing.
Cancer Legal Resources Center
Web site www.lls.edu/academics/candp/clrc.html
Phone 866-843-2572
Fax  
Email clrc@lls.edu
The Cancer Legal Resource Center provides free and confidential information and resources on cancer-related legal issues to people with cancer, their families, friends, employers, health care professionals, and others coping with cancer. Callers can receive information about relevant laws and resources for their particular situation.
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
Web site www.cdc.gov/cancer/nbccedp/guidance.htm
Phone 800-232-4636
Fax 770-488-4760
Email cdcinfo@cdc.gov

The CDC provides low-income, uninsured, and underserved women access to screening and diagnostic services, to detect breast and cervical cancer, through the National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (NBCCEDP). The Breast and Cervical Cancer Prevention and Treatment Act of 2000 gives states the option to provide medical assistance through Medicaid to eligible women who were screened through the CDCs National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (NBCCEDP). See article on this program in this issue.

PatientAssistance.com
Web site www.patientassistance.com 
Phone  
Fax  
Email email directly from Web site
PatientAssistance is a non-profit organization with a Web site providing resources, information, information databases, assistance programs, and advocacy help for prescription drugs. Generic and brand name medications, and those programs that offer assistance are listed. Information for the patient is provided in order to streamline the process of applying to assistance programs from drug companies and other organizations that offer help. Also on the site are the application forms for each program, and articles and tips for getting covered and into a medication program.

RXHope
Web site www.RxHope.com 
Phone 732-507-7400
Fax 732-507-7600
Email CustomerService@RXHope.com
RxHope provides patient assistance for prescription drugs. RxHope contracts directly with the Pharmaceutical companies to provide an electronic application process for their patient assistance programs. RxHope provides this service to physicians and patients free of charge. Physicians or their staff members can go online to complete the application. Some applications can be transmitted electronically through the site and others must be printed and mailed or faxed. 
National Organization for Rare Disorders
Web site www.rarediseases.org
Phone 203-744-0100
Fax 203-798-2291
Email RN@rarediseases.org
The National Organization for Rare Disorders is a non-profit organization, comprised of a federation of voluntary health organizations dedicated to helping people with rare "orphan" diseases and assisting the organizations that serve them. NORD provides information about diseases, referrals to patient organizations, research grants and fellowships, advocacy for the rare-disease community, and Medication Assistance Programs that help needy patients obtain certain drugs they could not otherwise afford.
Colorectal CareLine
Web site www.colorectalcareline.org
Phone 866-657-8634
Fax 757-952-2031
Email CCL@patientadvocate.org
The Colorectal CareLine Financial Aid Fund provides financial assistance through a small grant program for colorectal patients in need of debt crisis assistance. Financial assistance in the amount of $200.00 is available to colorectal cancer patients with specific treatment related expenses and a family income less than $75,000.00 annually. As part of the Patient Advocate Foundation (PAF) the organization also supplies various patient resources and direct appeal assistance.  
GovBenefits.gov 
Web site www.govbenefits.gov/govbenefits_en.portal
Phone 1-800-333-4636
Fax  
Email email directly from Web site
GovBenefits.gov is a partnership of Federal agencies providing improved, personalized access to government assistance programs. The online screening tool is free, easy-to-use, and confidential. The user answers a series of questions, then the Web site generates a list of government benefit programs that the user may be eligible to receive, along with information about how the user can apply. 
Supplemental Security Income 
Web site www.socialsecurity.gov/ssi
Phone 1-800-772-1213
Fax  
Email email directly from Web site
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is administered by the SSA and supplements Social Security payments for aged, blind, and disabled people with little or no income. It provides cash to meet basic needs for food, clothing, and shelter. Information on eligibility, coverage, and how to file a claim is available from the SSA. The Benefit Eligibility Screening Tool is available on the Web site.
The National Brain Tumor Foundation 
Web site www.braintumor.org  
Phone 1-800-934-2873
Fax  
Email nbtf@braintumor.org
The National Brain Tumor Foundation provides financial assistance through the Patient Help Fund.  The Patient Help Fund provides grants to financially needy brain tumor patients (18 years and older) to help with treatment related expenses, medication copays, and transportation to treatment. Applications are reviewed on a monthly basis.  Grants range from $100-$600.  All applicants are eligible to receive up to two grants, but must wait six months before applying for the second grant.
The Lymphoma Research Foundation 
Web site www.lymphoma.org  
Phone 1-800-500-9976 
Fax 310-204-7043
Email Helpline@lymphoma.org 
The Lymphoma Research Fund (LRF) offers a limited financial assistance program for uninsured and underinsured lymphoma patients undergoing treatment.  LRF may be able to pay a portion of patients' medical bills to the doctor or hospital.
Hope Lodge
Web site www.cancer.org/docroot/subsite/
hopelodge/index.asp
Phone 1-800-227-2345 
Fax  
Email sheldon.kozee@cancer.org
Hope Lodge and the American Cancer Society offers cancer patients and their families a free, temporary place to stay when their best hope for effective treatment may be in another city. Currently, there are 26 Hope Lodge locations throughout the United States. Accommodations and eligibility requirements may vary by location, and room availability is first come, first served.
Road to Recovery
Web site www.cancer.org/docroot/ESN/content/
ESN_3_1x_Road_to_Recovery.asp
Phone 1-800-ACS-2345
Fax  
Email email directly from Web site
Road to Recovery is an American Cancer Society service program that provides transportation for cancer patients to their treatments and home again. Transportation is provided according to the needs and available resources in the community.
Taking Charge of Money Matters 
Web site www.cancer.org/docroot/SHR/content/
SHR_2.1_x_Taking_Charge_of_Money_Matters.asp
Phone 1-800-227-2345.
Fax  
Email email directly from Web site
Taking Charge of Money Matters is one of the classes available through the American Cancer Society's I Can Cope program. This class is generally about 2 hours long and covers money issues that may come up during or after a person's cancer treatment. The class is designed to address common financial concerns of people with cancer and their loved ones, regardless of health insurance status. The session gives participants a chance to discuss key money matters with guest speakers who are knowledgeable about financial planning.
The Brain Tumor Society 
Web site www.tbts.org
Phone 1-800-770-8287
Fax 617-924-9998
Email email directly from Web site
The BTS CARES Financial Assistance Program was created to provide supplementary financial assistance to individuals experiencing financial need. This program covers specific non-medical costs related to a primary brain tumor diagnosis. Direct medical expenses will not be covered. Grants ranging from $100-$700 per family are available to assist with the costs of: Local transportation for appointments related to brain tumor diagnosis, Home health assistance related to brain tumor diagnosis, Home adaptations related to brain tumor diagnosis, child care.
National Patient Travel Helpline 
Web site www.patienttravel.org/
Phone 1-800-296-1217
Fax 1-800-550-1767 
Email info@nationalpatienttravelcenter.org
The NPTC exists to facilitate patient access to appropriate charitable medical air transportation resources in the United States. The NPTC also exists to develop, administer and consolidate airline patient ticket programs and to operate various Special-Lift and Child-Lift programs on behalf of special disease organizations and/or clinical research centers in the United States.
HRSA Bureau of Primary Health Care
Web site http://findahealthcenter.hrsa.gov/
Phone  
Fax  
Email  
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) helps patients find federally-funded health centers to care for them, even if they have no health insurance. Patients pay what they can afford, based on income. Health services locator available on the Web site. 
IRS
Web site http://www.irs.gov/
Phone 1-800-829-1040
Fax  
Email  
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) can provide information about tax deductions for medical costs that are not covered by insurance policies. For example, tax deductible expenses might include mileage for trips to and from medical appointments, out-of-pocket costs for treatment, prescription drugs or equipment, and the cost of meals during lengthy medical visits. 
National Conference of State Legislators
Web site www.ncsl.org/programs/health/drugaid.htm#IL
Phone  
Fax  
Email  
The National Conference of State Legislators (NCSL) maintains a database of State Pharmaceutical Assistance programs providing details on each of the individual state programs, including citations and web links to state laws where available, year of creation, basic eligibility requirements and contact telephone numbers within each state for further details. 
Together RX Access Card
Web site www.togetherrxaccess.com
Phone 1-800-444-4106
Fax 502-633-6163
Email  
The Together Rx Access™ Card was created as a public service by a group of some of the world's largest pharmaceutical companies, in order to provide savings on prescriptions to eligible residents of the US and Puerto Rico who have no prescription drug coverage.
National Association of Hospital Hospitality Houses 
Web site www.nahhh.org/
Phone 828-253-1188
Fax 828-253-8082
Email helpinghomes@nahhh.org
The National Association of Hospital Hospitality Houses, Inc. is a non-profit corporation serving facilities that provide lodging and other supportive services to patients and their families when confronted with medical emergencies. Each facility assures that a homelike environment is provided to persons who must travel to be with a patient or to receive necessary outpatient care.
National Foundation for Transplants
Web site www.transplants.org/
Phone 800-489-3863
Fax 901-684-1128
Email email directly from Web site
Many transplant candidates and recipients do not have adequate (or any) health insurance coverage or personal savings to pay for their transplant, pre-transplant treatment, follow-up care and medications. Since 1983, patients facing these problems have found help through National Foundation for Transplants (NFT), which is recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)3 tax-exempt not-for-profit organization. NFT serves bone marrow and solid organ transplant patients in all 50 states.
Andre Sobel River of Life Foundation
Web site www.andreriveroflife.org/
Phone 310-276-7111
Fax 310-276-0244
Email Info@AndreRiverOfLife.org
The Andre Sobel River of Life Foundation is a tax-exempt nonprofit organization that provides financial assistance to single mothers so that they can remain by their child's side throughout a life-threatening illness.

 


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Federal Laws Protecting Medical Insurance Coverage

Federal Laws Protecting Medical Insurance Coverage

The American Cancer Society has provided the following information on federal laws that may protect medical insurance coverage when a person changes or loses a job, or loses benefits as a result of a reduction in the hours worked.

Consolidated Omnibus Budget and Reconciliation Act of 1986 (COBRA)
COBRA gives qualified employees and their families the right to temporarily continue health insurance coverage at group rates when coverage is lost due to certain specific events or qualifying events, such as voluntary or involuntary job loss, reducing work hours, divorce or legal separation, the covered person becoming entitled to Medicare or the death of the employee. COBRA allows people to continue coverage of their group medical insurance for a period of up to 18 months or 29 months if a beneficiary is considered disabled.
The law generally covers health plans maintained by private-sector employers with 20 or more employees, employee organizations, or state or local governments. The employer must notify an employee of its availability, within 30 days after the qualifying event.

COBRA must be elected by the former employee within 60 days of stopping employment. Continuing insurance coverage is available if the premium is paid and until the individual becomes covered under another group policy.

Patients should be advised that the cost of the COBRA premium is usually far less than the cost of treatment should they let their health policy lapse.

COBRA is administered by the U.S. Department of Labor, COBRA information & FAQs are available on their Web site.

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA)
This bill has several clauses that can possibly benefit cancer patients:

Individuals who have had group medical insurance for at least 12 months prior to changing jobs are guaranteed coverage with a new employer who also offers group insurance. There is no waiting period and a dependent cannot be denied coverage because of a preexisting health problem.

If a cancer patient was previously uninsured and takes a job with an employer offering group insurance, the waiting period for preexisting conditions cannot be longer than 12 months.

Insurers are required to renew coverage for all employers and individuals when premiums are paid.

The act also guarantees the availability of group insurance coverage for employers of small businesses of 2 to 50 people.

The Secretary of Labor enforces the health care portability requirements on group health plans under ERISA, including self-insured arrangements. In addition, participants and beneficiaries can file suit to enforce their rights under ERISA, as amended by
HIPAA.

The Secretary of the Treasury enforces the health care portability requirements on group health plans, including self-insured arrangements. A taxpayer that fails to comply may be
subject to an excise tax.

For more information about HIPAA contact your state department or commission of insurance.

The Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA)
FMLA requires employers (with at least 50 employees) to provide up to 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave to eligible employees for certain family and medical reasons. Employees are eligible if they have worked for a covered employer for at least 1250 hours in the previous 12 months.

For the time period of the FMLA leave, the employer must maintain the employee's medical insurance coverage under any company group health plan. This act is regulated by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division. They can provide additional information. Check the telephone directory in your area under U.S. Government, Department of Labor.

The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA)
The ADA act offers protection against discrimination in the workplace to anyone who has, or has had, certain disabilities, including any diagnosis of cancer. Parents of dependent children with cancer are also protected under this law. It requires private employers who employ 15 or more people, labor unions, employment agencies, and government agencies to treat employees equally, including the benefits offered them, without regard to their disabling condition or medical history.

It also does not allow employers to screen out potential employees who have children with disabilities. This act, along with the Family and Medical Leave Act, makes it easier to change jobs and move from one group insurance arrangement to another. This law is administered by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The American Cancer Society also publishes information for cancer patients on the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Source:
The American Cancer Society

Women’s Health and Cancer Rights Act of 1998 
Under the Women’s Health and Cancer Rights Act (WHCRA) of 1998 health insurance plans must cover breast reconstruction in connection with a mastectomy if the patient decides to have reconstruction and received insurance benefits from her plan for the mastectomy.

There are three different types of coverage that the law may apply to:

Self-funded group health plans (CMS has jurisdiction over self-funded public sector (non federal governmental) plans while the Department of Labor 866-444-3272 has jurisdiction over private sector self-funded group health plans.);

Fully insured group health plans; and

Individual (non-employment based) health insurance policies.

WHCRA does not apply to Medicare and Medicaid as they are public health plans not issuers of health insurance.

WHCRA does not require health plans or issuers to pay for mastectomies. However, if a group health plan or health insurance issuer does cover mastectomies the plan or issuer is generally subject to WHCRA requirements.

The required coverage under WHCRA includes:

All stages of reconstruction of the breast on which the mastectomy has been performed;

Surgery and reconstruction of the other breast to produce a symmetrical appearance; and

Prostheses and physical complications of all stages of mastectomy, including lymphedema.

The WHCRA coverage requirements are not limited to cancer patients; patients whose insurance plan covers mastectomies and are receiving benefits in connection with a mastectomy for reasons other than cancer are also covered under this law.

The WHCRA is administered by the U.S. Department of Labor and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Both of these agencies have Web pages with information about WHRCA including a list of frequently asked questions.  

Department of Health and Human Services
Department of Labor   

Breast and Cervical Cancer Prevention and Treatment Act

Breast and Cervical Cancer Prevention and Treatment Act
On October 24, 2000, the Breast and Cervical Cancer Prevention and Treatment Act (BCCPT) of 2000 was signed into law. The Act, which became effective October 1, 2000, gives states the option to provide medical assistance through Medicaid to eligible women who were screened through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (NBCCEDP) and found to have breast or cervical cancer, including pre-cancerous conditions.

In 2002 Congress passed a technical amendment to the BCCPT Act. The Native American Breast and Cervical Cancer Treatment Technical Amendment Act of 2001, extends benefits of the BCCPT Act to American Indian and Alaska Native women.

To be eligible for Medicaid under this option, the woman must:

Have been screened for and found to have breast or cervical cancer, including precancerous conditions, through the National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (NBCCEDP)

Be under age 65; and

Be uninsured and otherwise not eligible for Medicaid

Participation in the BCCPT is optional for States. States that do participate receive an enhanced matching rate for women who enroll. Under the BCCPT law, women whose cancers were found through the CDC’s NBCCEDP may be eligible for Medicaid benefits for the duration of their cancer treatment.

The National Breast Cancer Coalition (NBCC) reports that as of May 2004, all 50 states and the District of Columbia have passed legislation to opt in to the CDC’s Treatment Program.

Resources:
National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program

The Older Americans Act
The Older Americans Act provides Federal funds for state and local social service programs that help frail and disabled people age 60 and older remain independent in their community. This funding covers home care aide, personal care, meal delivery, and escort and shopping services. The U.S. Administration on Aging maintains the Eldercare Locator which provides information about assistance for older people. The Eldercare Locator can be reached by phone at 1–800–677–1116, or at Eldercare Locator.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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IMPORTANT NOTICES
Please note that this newsletter is presented for informational purposes only. It is not intended to provide coding, billing or legal advice. Regulations and policies concerning Medicare reimbursement are a rapidly changing area of the law. While we have made every effort to be current as of the issue date, the information may not be as current or comprehensive when you review it. Please consult with your legal counsel for any specific reimbursement information. For Medicare regulations visit: www.cms.hhs.gov.

 

 

 

 

 

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