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Two day meeting begins, March and concludes March 10, 2021 March has just arrived and in the coding world that means that the Coordination and Maintenance Committee meeting is around the corner.  The Coordination & Maintenance Committee meeting will be held virtually on March 9 and March 10 from 9:00…
Federal officials are ordering plans and insurers to cover testing without cost-sharing – for virtually any purpose. Federal officials have issued new guidance intended to streamline the process through which Americans can get easy, free access to COVID-19 diagnostic testing and/or vaccinations. “This guidance makes clear that private group health…
EDITORS NOTE: This article has been updated to include a code that should be used for an allergic reaction to vaccines. Vaccination coding and billing questions answered. COVID-19 vaccination is ramping up. We wrapped up Vaccination Nation month at the end of February. I have been fielding questions about COVID-19…
The four-part series “Vaccination Nation” concludes today with updates on vaccination rates. An already botched national COVID-19 vaccine distribution rollout has been hampered by hesitancy, suspicion, and a spate of severe winter weather that ravaged Texas and 23 states in the Southeast, forcing mass vaccination clinics to close. On the…
Pay attention to dates associated with the new COVID--19 codes, Z20.822 and Z20.828, to avoid billing errors.  In December 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced six new International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-10-CM) codes, developed to capture the disease process of COVID-19 better.…
Nationwide, the vaccination rollout has been uneven.The vaccine rollout in Georgia has been relatively successful thus far, although it is an evolving and ongoing process, as with most states. Per Phase 1A of the state vaccine rollout, only adults 65 and older, their caregivers, healthcare workers, employees at long-term care…
According to Bloomberg News global vaccine tracker, 5.7 percent of the U.S. population has been fully vaccinated.  I depress the plunger hard, and the retractable needle pops into the hub like magic. Just like I was told it would! This is the fourth type of needle I have used today,…
This article will pose common questions or concerns from our listeners. I am the co-host of Talk-Ten-Tuesdays because I am a national expert on clinical documentation improvement (CDI) and ICD-10, but I was first a physician who took a Hippocratic Oath to do no harm. I also have always had…