Sequestration Frustration in Minnesota Impacts Pathology Revenue

July 25, 2014

It appears Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota (BCBSMN) has made a significant error in Medicare reimbursements and has just recently realized it.

In May 2014, BCBSMN notified providers they will begin withholding a 2% Medicare payment reduction mandated by sequestration to all claims processed after June 6, 2014 — even though sequestration began April 1, 2013.

Plus, BCBSMN will be recovering the 2% reduction on Medicare claims with dates of service October 1, 2013, and later. However, they will only be targeting claims with a net payment of $100 or greater.

Sorry pathologists – their error is now your problem. Claim adjustments began the week of June 16, 2014. Look for your BCBSMN payment to decrease.

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As an auditing and practice management firm that works with pathology groups, laboratories and hospitals in Minnesota and across the nation, Vachette urges you to ensure your billing company is watching this, as well as verifying the 2% reduction in other Medicare Advantage plans.

If you have questions, please feel free to contact us at 866-407-0763.

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