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…
CMS announced on Friday a proposed rule to expand telehealth access for patients. Hospitals, doctors, and other providers seeking an edge in today’s highly competitive healthcare environment would do well to consider a smart telehealth strategy. It’s not an option anymore to think that telemedicine doesn’t fit into your practice.…