Under the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, CMS has broadened access to telemedicine services during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Read about how the interim final rule impacts reporting of telehealth visits, virtual check-ins, and e-visits. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
The Office for Civil Rights’ (OCR) enforcement discretion statement seems to open a whole new world of options for providers and patients. However, experts have warned providers that they can still get in a lot of trouble if they are not careful about how they use technology.
Providers have two new CPT codes to report for blood tests to check for the presence of COVID-19 antibodies. The codes, which allow for reporting of one- and two-step testing methods, took effect April 10, according to an American Medical Association (AMA) update.
Q: If laboratory results supporting a positive case of COVID-19 are included in the physician’s note for an emergency department visit, but the physician does not provide an interpretation of the laboratory results, would it be appropriate to report an ICD-10-CM code for a confirmed case of COVID-19?