COVID News

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.

ED Coding Tip Sheet for COVID-19

Publication: Haugen Consulting Group

Haugen Consulting Group, Inc created this coding tip sheet in response to the number of questions received on COVID-19. The answers given refer to official coding guidelines, when applicable, and reflect best practices established by Haugen Consulting Group’s subject matter experts. | Read More.

COVID-19 Coding Decision Tree

Publication: Haugen Consulting Group

Haugen Consulting Group, Inc created this coding decision tree in response to the number of questions received on COVID-19. The answers given refer to official coding guidelines, when applicable, and reflect best practices established by Haugen Consulting Group’s subject matter experts. | 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.

AMA announces expedited updates to CPT for COVID-19 antibody tests

Publication: AMA

CHICAGO – The American Medical Association (AMA) announced updates to Current Procedural Terminology (CPT®) that include two code additions intended to report when patients receive blood tests that detect COVID-19 antibodies. The updates were approved this evening during a special meeting of the CPT Editorial Panel, the independent body convened by the AMA with sole authority to expedite the review of proposed changes and additions to the CPT code set. | Read More.

COVID-19: Expanded Use of Ambulance Origin/Destination Modifiers

Publication: CMS

During the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency, Medicare will cover a medically necessary emergency and non-emergency ground ambulance transportation from any point of origin to a destination that is equipped to treat the condition of the patient consistent with state and local Emergency Medical Services (EMS) protocols where the services will be furnished. On an interim basis, CMS is expanding the list of destinations that may include but are not limited to the following. | Read More.

COVID-19 Query Templates

Publication: CDC

Clinical Documentation Integrity (CDI) professionals have identified the need for the following query templates when reviewing COVID-19 health records. They are available for download on the AHIMA website using the URL in this post. | Read More.

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