CMS recently added 24 audiology and speech-language pathology services to its list of telehealth services covered under Medicare during the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE). These services include speech, hearing, and swallowing assessments, and cognitive interventions.
Physician and non-physician practitioners may benefit from reviewing documentation requirements and HCPCS Level II codes for knee orthoses, according to a recent Medicare Quarterly Compliance Newsletter .
The American Medical Association’s (AMA) CPT Editorial Panel at its February meeting approved technical corrections to the E/M coding guidelines for outpatient visits. The corrections were uploaded to the AMA website on March 9 and go into effect retroactively from January 1.
CMS recently added six codes to the list of services that may be reported with HCPCS modifier -CS (cost-sharing), which requires Medicare to cover beneficiary cost-sharing during office visits and other encounters for the duration of the COVID-19 public health emergency.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently issued an emergency use authorization (EUA) for the combination treatment of bamlanivimab and etesevimab for COVID-19 patients at high risk for severe infection.
CMS is modifying its approach for presenting new technology add-on-payment-related ICD-10-PCS code requests that involve the administration of therapeutic agents for its March 9-10, 2021 ICD-10 Coordination and Maintenance Committee meeting.
The Office of Inspector General (OIG) recently released an audit report for Providence Medical Center that says some of the hospital’s inpatient records did not support the medical necessity for inpatient hospital services.
Those afflicted with sickle-cell disease or sickle cell traits were more likely to experience severe COVID-19 illness and hospitalization, according to a recent study presented at the American Society of Hematology Annual Meeting and Exposition.
CMS recently announced that it will take steps to increase hospital capacity by allowing care to be provided to patients outside a traditional, inpatient hospital setting amid a rising number of COVID-19 hospitalizations.
CMS recently announced 27 new ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS codes, along with corresponding MS-DRG assignment, for diagnoses and procedures related to COVID-19. These new codes will become effective for discharges on or after January 1.
The Office of Inspector General (OIG) recently announced it plans to audit hospital inpatient claims. According to the report, the OIG wants to determine if inpatient claims with short lengths of stay were incorrectly billed as inpatient when they should have been billed as outpatient or outpatient with observation.