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MLN updates education product, info series

March 2, 2012

The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has added the following to its Medicare Learning Network® (MLN) line of educational products and information for Medicare Fee-For-Service (FFS) Providers.

  • MLN Guided Pathways (Basic, A, and B) Provider-Specific Resource Booklets (Revised) — The revised MLN Guided Pathways curriculum is designed to allow learners to easily identify and select resources on topics of interest. The curriculum begins with basic knowledge for all providers and then branches from information for either those enrolling on the 855B, I, and S forms or on the 855A form (or Internet-based PECOS equivalents) to a provider-specific resource booklet. The provider-specific booklet provides various specialties of health care professionals, (physicians, chiropractors, optometrists, podiatrists), nurses (APN, RNCNS, NP, Midwife) physician assistants, social workers, psychologists, therapists (OT, PT, SLP), dietitians, nutritionists, suppliers (ambulance, ASC, DMEPOS, FQHC, RHC, labs, mammography, radiation therapy, portable x-ray), and providers (CMHC, CORF, ESRD, HHA, hospice, OPT, pathology and SNF) with resources specific to their specialty including Internet-Only Manuals (IOMs), Medicare Learning Network publications, CMS web pages, and more.

The resource booklets are:

  • MLN Guided Pathways to Medicare Resources – Basic Curriculum for Health Care Professionals, Suppliers, and Providers
  • MLN Guided Pathways to Medicare Resources Intermediate Curriculum for Health Care Providers (Part A)
  • MLN Guided Pathways to Medicare Resources Intermediate Curriculum for Health Care Professionals and Suppliers (Part B)
  • MLN Guided Pathways to Medicare Resources Provider-Specific Resources

All of the MLN Guided Pathways booklets listed are available at www.CMS.gov/MLNEdWebGuide/30_Guided_Pathways.asp.

  • A revised Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) fact sheet (ICN 006397) includes the following information: background; FQHC designation; covered FQHC services; FQHC preventive primary services that are not covered; FQHC Prospective Payment System; FQHC payments; and Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act of 2003 provisions that impact FQHCs.
  • Medicare Preventive Services Series: Part 2, Web-Based-Training (WBT) Course (Revised) — This WBT is designed to provide education on Medicare Preventive Services. It includes information on Medicare’s coverage for the initial preventive physical exam (IPPE), ultrasound screening for abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA), screening electrocardiogram (EKG), Annual Wellness Visit (AWV), cardiovascular screening blood tests, diabetes-related services, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) screening and smoking and tobacco-use cessation counseling services.

To access the WBT, visit the CMS Web site MLN Products page (www.cms.gov/
MLNProducts), scroll to the “Related Links Inside CMS,” and select the “Web-Based Training (WBT) Courses.”

  • A new print version of the Items and Services That Are Not Covered Under the Medicare Program booklet (ICN 906765) includes information about the four categories of items and services not covered under the Medicare program and applicable exceptions to exclusions and the Advance Beneficiary Notice of Noncoverage.
  • A new print version of Medicare Claim Submission Guidelines fact sheet (ICN 906764) includes information about applying for a National Provider Identifier and enrolling in the Medicare Program, filing Medicare claims, and private contracts with Medicare beneficiaries.

To place an order for any of the Medicare Learning Network® products available in print, go to MLN Products the CMS Web site MLN Products page, scroll down to the “Related Links Inside CMS” and select the “MLN Product Ordering Page.”

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