Q: What’s the purpose of category III codes?
A: The use of category III codes allow data collection for these services/procedures. Use of unlisted codes does not offer this. If a category III code is available and describes the procedure performed, it must be reported instead of a category I unlisted code.
Q: Have the telehealth exceptions that CMS made expired for 2022?
A: Not yet, the exceptions are tied to the time period of the public health emergency. As of now, the public health emergency has not expired.
Shea Lunt, RHIA, CPC, CPMA, PMP
Shea is a consultant for The Haugen Consulting Group with 11 years of health care industry experience. Shea has experience working on the professional fee side of coding, auditing, education and compliance serving coders and physicians.
She earned a bachelor’s degree in health information management and a master’s degree in health services administration from the University of Kansas. Shea is a Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA), Certified Professional Coder (CPC), Certified Professional Medical Auditor (CPMA) and a Project Management Professional (PMP).
Shea, her husband, and their daughters, call the wide-open spaces of central Kansas home.