Care Management Services Coding Tips
Know when to use remote physiologic monitoring codes and what to look out for when you do. Along with accelerating the adoption of telehealth and telemedicine, the COVID-19 pandemic has also seen increased implementation of remote physiologic monitoring (RPM). That means coders documenting patients with conditions such as obesity, diabetes,...
CPT Codes for Novavax COVID-19 Vaccine & Administration
By Jacqueline LaPointe May 05, 2021 - The American Medical Association (AMA) has created unique Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) codes for the Novavax COVID-19 vaccine and its administration. The vaccine from Novavax Inc. has yet to receive authorization for use in the US by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The vaccine called...
New Codes, Rates for COVID-19 Therapeutics
Healthcare providers administering monoclonal antibodies to Medicare patients with COVID-19 will soon see an increase in reimbursement, especially if providing this service in an unconventional setting. For dates of service (DOS) on or after May 6, the national average payment rate for administering monoclonal antibodies is increased from $310 to...
Monoclonal Antibody Infusion Therapy Treatment for COVID-19
COVID-19 virus was first identified in December of 2019 in Wuhan, China. It was then declared a global pandemic in March of 2020. With new diseases it takes time for scientists to study them and develop treatments. The good news is that there are some promising treatments for those...
The Best Path Forward | Journal Of AHIMA
By Joe Nicholson, DO “Business as usual.” Hopefully, the COVID-19 pandemic has erased that phrase from our lexicon forever. After all, what does it mean? For healthcare professionals, “business as usual” too often involves transactional, fragmented experiences somewhat divorced from patients’ everyday lives. Providers routinely suggest patients adopt healthier diets, for...
The Impacts of COVID-19 on Access and Disclosure of Health Information
By Linda L. Kloss, MA, RHIA, FAHIMA COVID-19 has changed the way many of us work. While much of the focus has been on telework, that’s only part of the release of information (ROI) story. This article recounts the ROI-related experiences of the panel of health information management (HIM) leaders...
leadership challenge
By Monica Lawson, MBA, RHIA, CRC, CPC, CPC-I We are living in the challenging, unprecedented times of the COVID-19 pandemic, yet we must somehow continue to perform in a career that we love and cherish as a health information (HI) professional. This means ensuring departmental goals and deadlines are met,...
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Trend Toward More Expensive Inpatient Hospital Stays in Medicare Emerged Before COVID-19 and Warrants Further Scrutiny. Hospitals have long been essential providers in our healthcare system. Medicare payments reflect their importance: nearly one-fifth of all Medicare payments are for inpatient hospitalizations. In fiscal year (FY) 2019—prior to the COVID-19 pandemic—Medicare...
public health
By Jenifer Leaf Jaeger, MD, MPH Public health leaders are in the midst of their greatest centurial challenge: how to effectively vaccinate, track, and report the administration of COVID-19 vaccines to more than 300 million US citizens. Inadequacies in the public health system and infrastructure have been made abundantly clear...
hipaa and food banks
By Joan M. Kiel, PhD, CHPS The health information management profession continues to expand its boundaries and be a true asset to society. During the pandemic, for instance, health information (HI) professionals can function as an ally to social service agencies. They can assist one of the most critical elements...