How to code Medicare Part B claims for reimbursement. These past few months have been a whirlwind for everyone, but it’s fair to say medical coders have been hit with a category 5 hurricane. New codes and revised guidelines have been whirring about, making our heads spin. And now we...
Medicare Updates
Guidance for Processing Attestation Statements from Ambulatory Surgical Centers (ASC) Temporarily Enrolling as Hospitals for the duration of the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency On April 3, CMS published a Memorandum to state survey business enterprise directors concerning how ASCs can briefly join as a sanatorium for the duration of the...
covid-19
Payers are reimbursing providers for all COVID-19-related testing and treatment they are furnishing to their insured members, but what if the patient is uninsured? Healthcare providers need not write off COVID-19 testing and treatment services rendered to uninsured patients. Compensation is available! The public health emergency for COVID-19 requires the healthcare...
Telehealth Coverage for Mental Health Services During COVID-19
As the global pandemic enters its fifth month, we are all feeling the strain. Staying home to slow the spread of the coronavirus may be keeping more people physically healthy, but isolation exacts a toll on mental health. Anxiety over fear of infection and financial loss, frustration and anger...
Just when you thought you had all the COVID-19 coding for laboratory testing figured out — hold the phone — there are three new CPT® codes. These newest codes are effective June 25, 2020. CPT® Code Long Descriptor 0223U Infectious disease (bacterial or viral respiratory tract infection), pathogen-specific nucleic acid (DNA or RNA), 22...
More Freedom for Therapists in New 1135 Waiver
Occupational therapists achieve long sought-after goal. Medicare officials have knocked down another wall that blocked optimal efficiency during COVID-19 public health emergency. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is waiving the requirements that rehabilitation skilled professionals may only perform the initial and comprehensive assessment when only therapy services are...
Healthcare providers are granted even more latitude for use of telehealth services during the COVID-19 public health emergency. On a Friday, at month-end, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) kindly dropped another bomb on us: more temporary policy changes during the public health emergency for COVID-19. We may...
funding for drug
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan on May 7 vetoed state funding for the Prescription Drug Affordability Board, a panel created last year to set price ceilings for medications. Mr. Hogan wrote in a letter to legislators that permanent funding for the board "would...
1. The COVID-19 pandemic will likely last for 18 to 24 months until herd immunity is developed, according to a new report from the University of Minnesota's Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy. Infectious disease experts say the pandemic cannot...
Telehealth care during the COVID-19
Telemedicine and virtual care have quickly emerged as essential equipment in being concerned in your patients while keeping yourself and your personnel secure as the COVID-19 pandemic quickly evolves. Here is what you need to recognize while providing telehealth services. How to get reimbursed? The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services...