MEDICAL BLOG

More Telehealth Changes Announced by CMS

Wyn Staheli, Director of Research
2020-04-02

On March 31, 2020, CMS announced further changes to their telehealth program in response to this unprecedented public health emergency (PHE). See this article for further information as well as references & links to CMS information

Read More

CMS-Coverage for Therapeutic Shoes for Individuals with Diabetes

Chris Woolstenhulme, QCC, CMCS, CPC, CMRS
2020-03-31

Therapeutic shoes and inserts can play a vital role in a diabetic patient's health. Medicare may cover one pair every year and three pairs of custom inserts each calendar year if the patient qualifies and everything is handled correctly.  Medicare Benefit Policy Manual explains what is needed for a person with diabetes to ...

Read More

Providing Telehealth Services During COVID-19 Crisis

Wyn Staheli, Director of Research
2020-03-30

The rules for providing telehealth services during this pandemic have changed and some requirements have been waived. Please keep in mind that “waiving requirements” does not mean that anything goes. Another important consideration is that Medicare and private payers may likely have different rules so you need to make sure that you know individual payer requirements during this time.

Read More

Interprofessional Consult Services

Namas
2020-03-27

The recent coronavirus crisis has brought non-face-to-face services to the forefront of coding and billing conversations. With the entire healthcare industry focused on caring for patients during an unprecedented and fast-moving pandemic, the goal of increasing patient access while reducing the risk of spreading infection has become paramount. In this climate, ...

Read More

2020 Medicare Part D Coverage Gap (AKA donut hole)

Chris Woolstenhulme, QCC, CMCS, CPC, CMRS
2020-03-26

Not every Medicare drug plan has complete coverage for prescription drugs - most have some sort of coverage gap, known as the “Donut Hole”. The coverage gap is a temporary limit on coverage under the drug plan. This coverage gap will not affect everyone and begins after you have used ...

Read More

Medicare Part D Coverage Gap (Donut Hole) Closes in 2020

Jared Staheli
2020-03-26

Overview of the Part D coverage gap, how it got closed, what the picture looks like for 2020, and long-term outlook.

Read More

LATEST COVID-19 INFORMATION FOR BILLING NON-FACE-TO-FACE SERVICES

Namas
2020-03-26

Healthcare providers and the population at large are concerned about safe access to care considering the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, we have received many inquiries this week about how to bill for “telehealth” services. Let’s first address that true telehealth services have some pretty stringent requirements from CMS, including that ...

Read More

Understand the New Codes for Testing & Reporting the COVID-19 Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2)

Aimee Wilcox, CPMA, CCS-P, CST, MA, MT, Director of Content
2020-03-21

The current coronavirus pandemic refers to COVID-19, a novel or new type of coronavirus known as severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2). The first victim of the virus was identified in Wuhan, Hubei, China at the end of 2019. There is no immunization available to prevent it from spreading and ...

Read More

Implementing Telehealth Visits

Namas
2020-03-20

The following is a step-by-step guide on how to convert office-based encounters to telehealth encounters during the current COVID-19 pandemic. These rules may change post-pandemic, as many changes relaxing existing rules were made on a temporary basis by CMS and commercial payers to facilitate patient access and minimize risk of infection. Step ...

Read More

Additional Coronavirus Testing Code Announced

Wyn Staheli, Director of Research
2020-03-17

On March 13, 2020, a new CPT code was announced by the American Medical Association (AMA) who maintains the CPT code set. This early release of a CPT code is rare and is effective immediately.

Read More
Show All