September 14, 2020

New COVID-19 Codes Coming

Twice a year, in March and September, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) ICD-10 Coordination and Maintenance (C&M) Committee meets, and the public is encouraged to participate. I personally find it extremely rewarding. I feel like I am contributing to the evolution of the ICD-10-CM code set. I…
On Sept. 8, the American Medical Association (AMA) released two new codes related to the coding and reporting of COVID-19 testing and management. The additions include one new code in the Pathology and Laboratory sections and one new code in the Medicine section of CPT. A summary of the new…
Listeners of Talk Ten Tuesdays may remember that earlier this summer, my 89-year-old father tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 via a saliva polymerase chain reaction test, which his caregivers performed as an attempt to catch COVID-19 infections early, on instructions from the state department of health. The results were returned five…
EDITOR’S NOTE: This article, originally published on RACmonitor and ICD10monitor, has been updated to alert facilities that COVID-19 testing inclusions will have a fiscal impact starting Sept. 1, 2020. Effective Sept. 1, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has enlisted a mandate requiring hospitals to have positive COVID-19…
Recently, on Talk Ten Tuesdays, I encouraged you all to comply with the recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This week, I would like to share some thoughts about how we can improve our health and maintain our sanity while working remotely and practicing social distancing.…
2020 has been a very different year than previous years, as far as code development and release go. The Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) Proposed Rule for the 2021 fiscal year was released later than expected. The ICD-10-CM/PCS codes were published on time. And now, the IPPS Final Rule is…
EDITOR’S NOTE: Dr. Remer reported this story this morning on Talk Ten Tuesdays. Sunday morning, I received an email from my father’s assisted living facility, indicating that several residents and staff had tested positive for COVID-19 during their newly implemented routine testing of all residents and staff. For the next…
August 25, 2020

Breaking Down COVID-19

EDITOR’S NOTE: Julia Brodt is a microbiologist with 12 years of medical research experience and 22 years teaching in higher education who, along with her husband, John K. Hall, MD, is a member of the RACmonitor Editorial Board and a recurring special guest on Monitor Mondays. This is the first…
EDITOR’S NOTE: Dr. Remer reported on this topic during a recent edition of Talk Ten Tuesdays. We are getting more sophisticated and knowledgeable about COVID-19, but I am still getting a lot of questions. Many of them are variations on the theme of what to do with patients who are…
The move is already stirring up questions and concerns. Amid the more than 300 pages of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act signed into law back in March was a clause of great interest to healthcare providers: a provision to increase the weighting factor of the applicable…