How to Code Post-COVID 19 Recovery Programs

COVID 19 recovery

Of all the patients who have recovered from COVID-19, 5-15% suffer from lingering symptoms that persist weeks and even months after they test negative for COVID-19. To help these recovered patients deal with their lingering symptoms, some healthcare organizations have developed post COVID 19 recovery programs.

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CMS PEPPER Report to Include Total Knee Arthroplasty (TKA)


The Program for Evaluating Payment Patterns Electronic Report (PEPPER) is a quarterly electronic data report that contains a hospital’s claims data statistics for Medicare Severity Diagnosis-Related Groups (MS-DRGs). CMS has approved the addition of a new target area to the quarterly PEPPER report related to inpatient total knee arthroplasty (TKA).

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Telemedicine Services Are Here to Stay Thanks to COVID-19, Shows Telehealth Billing Statistics

telehealth billing

The number of telehealth visits via real-time audio-video communication, as well as audio-only phone calls, skyrocketed in 2020, telehealth billing statistics show, due to the outbreak of SARS-CoV-2 and stay-at-home orders nationwide. Nearly half (43.5%) of Medicare primary visits were done via telehealth in April, compared to just 0.1% in February prior to the public health emergency (ASPE-HHS, 2020).

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