As physicians we pledge to take care of patients even if we don’t agree with their choices or lifestyle. Terry Fletcher brought to my attention an article in Ethics Consult from MedPage Today. A poll was undertaken with the topic of “Is it ethical to force unvaccinated patients to use…
Telehealth policies will lapse if something isn't done quickly, as the PHE is scheduled to end on July 21. As lawmakers are lining up to decide what Medicare will pay for after the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE) is over, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of…
Is this “new normal” a false reality? As we are now well into October, many months into COVID-19, I think we all have to look at what all the associated changes are going to mean for healthcare. I have been seeing so many telehealth advocates saying “the genie is out…
Federal healthcare oversight authorities have spent much of the last six months promoting the use of telehealth services.   It’s not the first time during the current COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE) that federal healthcare authorities have promoted the use of telehealth services – and it probably won’t be the…
Many of us have been immersed in COVID-19 and telehealth billing, coding, and the varying rules among payors of late, all the while the clock has remained ticking on the looming changes to evaluation and management (E&M) services, effective Jan. 1, 2021. It is possible, too, that there are those…
Telehealth use has surged during the coronavirus pandemic, with the technology spreading far and fast. Doctors and patients alike must be wondering if this is the beginning of a whole new kind of doctor–patient relationship, one that might totally transform our health care system? Maybe. But I’m not convinced, and…
Two interim rules address telehealth amid the coronavirus pandemic. I’m sure everyone has heard the saying, “the only constant is change.” Well, it certainly rings true these days. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a second interim final rule on April 30, offering another round of coding and documentation…
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…
As CMS continues to update their policies on telehealth during the COVID-19 pandemic and the Public Health Emergency, ICD10monitor is here to continue to keep you informed on these changes.  ICD10 University will be presenting a live Telehealth Webcast on:How To Bill Telehealth Services Under the 1135 WaiverWednesday, April 15,…
“Virtual" peer reviews are a covered benefit for most payers. In keeping with our theme of “communication-based services,” let’s take a closer look at the inter-professional consults and referrals that do not include a face-to-face encounter with a patient. Some are existing CPT® codes, and two new codes, in this…
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