CMS released an interim final rule with comment period on April 30 that grants organizations additional flexibilities to meet the challenges of the COVID-19 public health emergency, including permitting hospitals to bill for telehealth services and loosening restrictions on COVID-19 testing.
Practices that have experienced a shutdown or a near-shutdown during the COVID-19 national public health emergency need to adhere to state regulations for re-opening. In addition, they must consider the impact that re-opening would have on staff members and patients impacted by the pandemic.
Shannon McCall, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P, CPC, CEMC, CRC, CCDS, CCDS-O , takes a closer look at the main topics addressed in a recently published Coding Clinic Advisor FAQ, including ICD-10-CM coding for antibody testing, virus signs and symptoms, and comorbidities related to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
To assign CPT codes for spinal procedures, coders need a solid understanding of spinal anatomy and procedural terminology. They must also be up to date on guidance from CMS and the American Medical Association for facility reporting of spinal surgeries. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.