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Waivers, modifiers, lab tests, multiple diagnosis codes…the layers and specifics of COVID-19 coding cannot be overlooked when ensuring appropriate reimbursement and safeguarding claims against third-party payer audits. As hospitals and healthcare organizations begin to assess the required steps necessary to prepare for the transition back to a pre-COVID-19 operating environment,…
Burnout and suicides among climate activists. In the American Medical Association’s Principles of Medical Ethics, Section 7 of 9 reads: “A physician shall recognize a responsibility to participate in activities contributing to the improvement of the community and the betterment of public health.” Of course, there are many possibilities for…
Widespread testing for antibodies is not considered screening. Screening is for identifying the disease state. People are really struggling with understanding when to apply Z11.59, Encounter for screening for other viral diseases, in relation to COVID-19. I think the issue is that we are trying to wrap our minds around…
When treating COVID-19, it is important to follow the guidance of medical professionals in using medications. There has been much speculation about using hydroxychloroquine as a treatment for COVID-19. This drug is an immunosuppressant and anti-parasitic drug that is used to treat malaria. Another name for the drug is Plaquenil.…
Fraud and abuse could soon be spreading like the coronavirus. I had strongly thought about not discussing anything COVID-19-related this week, but it is the story of 2020 so far, so I felt I had no choice. For the majority of us, it has been a tough few weeks, trying…
According to the official coding guidelines, ICD-10 code U07.1 for COVID-19 may be reported under the following circumstances: As documented by the provider; Documentation of a positive COVID-19 test result; or A presumptive positive COVID-19 test result. “Presumptive” was the description given for cases that local testing initially indicates are…
ICD-10-CM codes are not robust enough to tell the patient story correctly.   I was having a terrible time preparing for my COVID-19 coding webinar, held on the afternoon of April 29, because the current ICD-10-CM codes under the current guidelines are not robust enough to tell the story correctly.…
Ten practical steps to break the COVID-19 spell while spellbound. Most of us are working from home now. That’s quite amazing. In July 2019, a total of 4.7 million folks telecommuted, either full- or part-time. Now, according to Global Workplace Analytics, that figure could possibly be 75 million! So, what…