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As things are quickly changing with COVID-19, we want to keep our health information professionals up to date with the most current resources. Please check back frequently for updates.

New ICD-10-CM/PCS Codes Effective April 1, 2022

With the publication of the Final Rule for the inpatient prospective payment system (IPPS) for fiscal year 2022, CMS announced that beginning April 1, 2022, ICD-10-CM/PCS code updates will occur twice a year every April 1 and October 1. For this year, there is a...

Tips & Expertise: Coding in the Age of COVID-19 Webinar Q&A

Q:  Is code U07.1 always sequenced first when a patient has a COVID-related condition?A:  No. Sequencing for code U07.1 follows the circumstances of admission. If the patient was admitted and COVID-19 meets the definition of principal diagnosis, it should be sequenced...

Where Do I Find COVID-19 Coding Resources?

As the COVID-19 virus continues to mutate, so do the codes and coding advice used to track this pandemic. So where do we go for the latest information on COVID-19 coding? Here are the resources we recommend bookmarking. Make sure you reference them frequently, as...

COVID-19 Coding Decision Tree

COVID-19 Coding Decision Tree Publication: Haugen Consulting GroupPublished on October 27, 2020 - Updated on January 10th, 2022

ICD-10-CM Coding for COVID-19: The Changes Keep Coming

Blog Post: Digging into HIM & Coding

If you’ve been keeping up to date on your Coding Clinic subscription and coding guidelines, you know that coding advice for COVID-19 keeps changing. As coders, we know it’s imperative to keep our eyes peeled for new codes, updated guidance, and evolving disease processes, but COVID-19 has taken this to a new level with changing advice on a bimonthly basis. And just in case you are about to stop reading here thinking you are current on COVID, beware: the CDC isn’t done messing with codes related to COVID-19. | Read More.

Understanding 2020’s Unexpected Updates

Blog Post: Digging into HIM & Coding

Last week, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released 12 new ICD-10-PCS codes to report the administration of therapeutic substances in the treatment of COVID-19.  All these codes are in the New Technology (X) section and allow for reporting of four specific and one nonspecific substance. | Read More.

Trump Administration Issues Second Round of Sweeping Changes to Support U.S. Healthcare System During COVID-19 Pandemic

Publication: CMS

At President Trump’s direction, and building on its recent historic efforts to help the U.S. healthcare system manage the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today issued another round of sweeping regulatory waivers and rule changes to deliver expanded care to the nation’s seniors and provide flexibility to the healthcare system as America reopens. These changes include making it easier for Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries to get tested for COVID-19 and continuing CMS’s efforts to further expand beneficiaries’ access to telehealth services. | Read More.

Telehealth Billing During the COVID-19 National Emergency

Publication: MGMA

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released numerous waivers along with new rules for billing professional telehealth services during the public health emergency (PHE) of COVID-19. These changes, currently in place for the duration of the PHE, aim to ensure that patients have access to physicians and other qualified healthcare providers while remaining at home. Continue reading to learn about the types of services available to all Medicare beneficiaries, including telehealth, virtual check-ins and telephone visits, e-visits and remote patient monitoring. | Read More.

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