The Medicare Learning Network:Our “Favorite” Resource for All Things Medicare

The Medical Learning Network (www.cms.gov/MLNGenInfo) is full of information and tools f or Medicare Fee-for-Service Providers. You will want to add this website to your “favorites” and visit it often.

Listed below you will find an overview of the different resources available.

  • The Medicare Learning Center Product Catalog (Click here to link) – this catalog contains all Medicare Learning products available to healthcare providers and includes Guides, Educational Tools, Booklets, Brochures and Fact Sheets. All products are FREE and can be ordered either as a hard copy or as a download.  A special section of the catalog includes Fact Sheets on CMS Special Initiatives. Some of the sheets currently available include:
    • 2010 Physician Quality Reporting Initiative (PQRI) Made Simple
    • Electronic Prescribing Incentive Program
    • New Healthcare Electronic Transactions Standard Versions 5010, D.0, and 3.0

To order hard copies of any of the resources, you will be required to register with the Medicare Learning Network. Click Here to link to the MLN Product Order Page.

  • MLN Matters Articles (http://www.cms.gov/MLNMattersArticles/) – this resource includes national articles designed to inform the physician, provider and supplier community about the latest changes to the Medicare program. This section of the Medicare Learning Network includes more than 3500 articles written by clinicians, consultants, experts and CMS subject-matter experts.
  • Web-Based Training Modules –  Click Here – This section of the Medicare Learning Network allows you to view and enroll in courses that are available online. They are free of charge and many of them offer Continuing Education Credits. Currently there are 16 online courses available on a variety of topics including PQRI and E-Prescribing, HIPAA EDI Standards, and Medicare Fraud and Abuse.
  • CMS Email Updates (http://www.cms.gov/AboutWebsite/EmailUpdates/list.asp) – CMS offers a free email update service which allows cms.hhs.gov users to receive email notifications when new information is available. Not only will this allow you to receive timely information, it will now be sent to you instead of you having to frequently check the website for updates.

Sue Kay, Senior Consultant at InHealth, is the editor of Efficiency in Practice, the free eNewsletter for medical practice managers who want to save time, money and reduce risk.  For more information and to access your FREE report, The 8 Things You MUST Know About CMS’ RAC Program, visit www.efficiencyinpractice.com  or check out our blog at www.efficiencyinpractice.blogspot.com.



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