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2017 NCSEPS Annual Meeting, Sept. 22-24

Registration is open!
2017 NCSEPS Annual Meeting
September 22-24 | The Omni Homestead Resort | Hot Springs, VA

The Southern Regional AHEC designates this live activity for a maximum of 11.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

  • Online Registration - Early-bird discounts end August 25.
  • Download the Registration Brochure for complete program details.
  • Accommodations: To secure your hotel accommodations, please call (800) 838-1766 and reference the NCSEPS, or book your room online. Our block of rooms will be released on August 21.
  • JCAHPO Meeting: JCAHPO will hold a meeting for ophthalmic technicians on Friday and Saturday in conjunction with the NCSEPS Annual Meeting. For more information or to register, visit www.jcahpo.org, or call (800) 284-3937.
  • Exhibiting Opportunities: Please share the Exhibitor Prospectus with the product and service representatives who call on your practice.
  • Questions? Contact Nancy Lowe at nlowe@ncmedsoc.org or 919-833-3836.
  • About the Homestead Resort

    Experience the Southern hospitality and elegant charm that have made The Omni Homestead Resort a premier destination for 23 U.S. presidents dating back to the 18th century. With more than 2,000 acres of timeless comforts and modern amenities all under one roof, the Hot Springs, Virginia accommodations are the perfect getaway for business and leisure traveling.

    Whether visiting in the winter or summer, The Omni Homestead Resort offers plenty of indoor and outdoor activities to keep all guests happy. Two major hot springs flow onto the property, offering guests the opportunity to take in the mineral waters just as President Thomas Jefferson did in 1818. The Homestead's two-acre water park, fueled by crystal clear springs, features two water slides, a lazy river, a water play zone and a sandy beach for the kids, along with a cozy whirlpool and private cabanas with exclusive services. Golfers can challenge themselves on nationally ranked golf courses. Guests can step into the Spa at the Homestead for an exhilarating rejuvenation like no other.

    Check out the Omni Homestead Resort's beautiful property with this promotional video.


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    UHC Notice – Elimination of Consultation Reimbursement

    The June 2017 edition of the United Healthcare Bulletin includes notification that UHC will discontinue payment of CPT codes for consultation services (99241-99245 and 99251-99255). The change is effective October 1, 2017. A copy of the notice appears below. I wanted you to be aware in the event this change will impact your practice.

    In taking this action, UHC will become the first major carrier to stop paying for consultation codes. Recognizing the detrimental impact that this change will have on patient access to specialty care, the NCSOHNS and the North Carolina Medical Society, along with several other state medical and specialty societies, have signed on to a letter urging UHC to reconsider the policy change or, at the least, to delay implementation until providers have adequate time to properly prepare for the policy change.



    UnitedHealthcare Commercial Reimbursement Policies
    Revision to the Consultation Services Reimbursement Policy

    Effective for claims with dates of service on or after Oct. 1, 2017, UnitedHealthcare will reimburse the appropriate evaluation and management (E/M) procedure code which describes the office visit, hospital care, nursing facility care, home service or domiciliary/rest home care reported in lieu of a consultation services procedure code. This notification will be the first of several communications to clarify this change in reimbursement strategy supporting our commitment to the Triple Aim of improving health care services, health outcomes and overall cost of care.

    UnitedHealthcare will align with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and no longer reimburse consultation services represented by CPT codes 99241-99245 and 99251-99255. At the time of the original CMS decision to no longer recognize these consultation services procedure codes, UnitedHealthcare began pursuit of data analysis and trending to better understand the use of consultation services codes as reported in the treatment of our commercial members. Similar to CMS’s findings, our extensive data analysis has revealed misuse of consultation services codes for this population.

    The current Relative Value Unit (RVU) assignments reflect numerous changes made during recent years to both E/M codes and other surgical services creating an overall budget neutral experience supporting this strategy as a more accurate reflection of services rendered.




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