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.

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.

Billing for Professional Telehealth Services During the Public Health Emergency

Publication: CMS

Just released March 31, 2020 CMS is no longer requiring POS 02 for telehealth services during this Public Health Emergency, however report the place of service consistent with what would have been reported. Each claim should include reporting of the 95 modifier. Additionally, CMS has released new specimen collection codes for COVID-19 testing. | Read More.

Physicians and Other Clinicians: CMS Flexibilities to Fight COVID-19

Publication: CMS

Clinicians can now provide more services to beneficiaries via telehealth so that clinicians can take care of their patients while mitigating the risk of the spread of the virus. Under the public health emergency, all beneficiaries across the country can receive Medicare telehealth and other communications technology based services wherever they are located. Clinicians can provide these services to new or established patients. In addition, providers can waive Medicare copayments for these telehealth services for beneficiaries in Original Medicare. | Read More.

Medicare Telehealth Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Publication: CMS

How will recently enacted legislation allow CMS to utilize Medicare telehealth to address the declared Coronavirus (COVID-19) public health emergency? What does this mean? What payment requirements for Medicare telehealth services are affected by the waiver? | Read More.

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