ICE: Federal agencies warn against counterfeit decorative contact lenses
October 23, 2013 - With Halloween rapidly approaching, federal officials are warning the public about the dangers associated with counterfeit decorative contact lenses. Decorative and colored lenses are becoming increasingly popular, especially around this time of year. View complete ICE warning.
CMS: Updated Medicare Remit Easy Print (MREP) software now available for free download
October 21, 2013 - The latest edition of the Medicare Remit Easy Print (MREP) software to view and print the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) compliant 835 for professional providers and suppliers is now available for free download. View annual enhancement details. Download updated MERP software.
Reminder: Practitioners must respond to returned Medicare claims within 45 days
October 17, 2013 - Health care practitioners who have claims denied or otherwise returned for additional information must respond within 45 days or those clams will be rejected. View complete reminder.
CMS: Medicare to correct improper ophthalmology code denials
September 19, 2013 - Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs), as the result of a systems error, have been inappropriately denying claims when eye care services were reported using general ophthalmology service codes 92012 and 92014 with modifiers 24, 25, or 57, according to the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). View complete CMS update. (Scoll to page 5-6, "Part B Medicare Ophthalmology Code Denial.")
FDA: Altaire Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Carboxymethylcellulose Sodium 0.5% Ophthalmic Solution recall
September 06, 2013 - Altaire Pharmaceuticals, Inc. issues voluntary nationwide recall of 9 lots of Carboxymethylcellulose Sodium 0.5% Ophthalmic Solution sold under several brands because the preservative may not be effective through expiry. View complete FDA recall.
FDA: NuVision Pharmacy sterile products alert
August 16, 2013 - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is reminding health care providers about safety concerns with all sterile drug products made and distributed by NuVision Pharmacy of Dallas, Texas. View complete FDA alert.
FDA: Fluoroquinolone antibacterial drug label safety announcement
August 15, 2013 - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has required the drug labels and Medication Guides for all fluoroquinolone antibacterial drugs be updated to better describe the serious side effect of peripheral neuropathy. View complete FDA safety announcement.
FDA: Laser toy safety announcement
August 6, 2013 - When operated unsafely, or without certain controls, the highly-concentrated light from lasers—even those in toys—can be dangerous, causing serious eye injuries and even blindness. View complete FDA safety announcement.