What: Medical practice billing software vendor MediMatrix sent out a press release reminding mobile radiology companies to immediately check with their Medicare carriers on their rate schedules. Since Medicare doesn’t announce news of rate changes, it’s the providers’ responsibility to get that information either by calling the carrier directly or visiting its website.
Why: As I have previously written, most agreements with EHR or practice management software vendors often have language protecting them against any liability that may be caused by the use of its software. This can range from faulty diagnosis recommendations to coding wizards. In this case the vendor is reminding clients that since Medicare does not announce rate changes, it is up to the providers to collect that information. Always read the fine print and stay on top of coding and billing.