Tag: COVID-19 public health emergency

Telehealth Rule Changes

Congress Backs Permanent Telehealth Rule Changes

A new bill pending in Congress could make permanent the telehealth changes that proved beneficial to physicians and patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, a leading physician group is now backing site-neutral payment for medical services. These two topics have recently been the subject of renewed discussion due to proposals by federal policy makers. CONNECT […]
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Determining Revenue Code for COVID-19 Monoclonal Antibody Infusion

  The COVID-19 monoclonal antibodies are being paid under the vaccine benefit. Q: What revenue code should be attached to HCPCS codes M0239 (intravenous infusion, bamlanivimab-xxxx, includes infusion and post administration monitoring) and M0243 (intravenous infusion, casirivimab and imdevimab includes infusion and post administration monitoring)? We set it up as revenue code 260 but are […]
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CMS Expands Medicare Reimbursement for Home Dialysis, ESRD

New and innovative home dialysis machines will soon qualify for additional Medicare reimbursement, according to the latest End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Prospective Payment System (PPS) final rule. CMS released the final rule yesterday, which introduced the new transitional add-on payment for dialysis machines used in patient homes and also included an update to Medicare reimbursement rates […]
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AMA Approves 2 New CPT Codes for COVID-19

One of the codes, 99072, is for reporting additional supplies used to mitigate spread of the virus. The American Medical Association (AMA) announced, Sept. 8, two new Category I CPT® codes to meet the changing needs of the healthcare industry brought about by the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE). The codes were approved by the […]
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AMA Releases CPT 2021

The updated code set includes E/M code revisions and more. Here’s a preview. Medical coders will get a bit of a reprieve next year when it comes to learning new procedure codes. The CPT® Editorial Panel approved fewer new codes for 2021 than usual. This is a relief considering all the coding and guideline changes […]
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CMS to Require Hospitals to Report Critical COVID-19 Data on Bed Capacity, PPE and Cases

The Trump administration is now going to require all hospitals to submit daily critical information on COVID-19, including bed capacity and the availability of essential supplies. The Centers for Medicare & Medicare Services (CMS) released an emergency regulation Tuesday calling for the mandatory reporting. The agency also posted new requirements for lab reporting and revised […]
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A View into Proposed Medicare PFS and Policy Changes for 2021

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in the past week has proposed Medicare payment rules for outpatient services and physicians for 2021 and finalized payment rules for inpatient rehabilitation facilities (IRFs) and psychiatric facilities. Looking specifically at the 2021 Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) proposed rule, scheduled to be published Aug. 17, it had […]
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Early Impact Of CMS Expansion Of Medicare Telehealth During COVID-19

During the Coronavirus pandemic, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has taken unprecedented action to expand telehealth for Medicare beneficiaries. Since people were advised to stay at home to reduce risk of exposure of COVID-19, there was an urgency to increase access to telehealth services to help people who need routine care and […]
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