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Telehealth Resource Center for Revised PHE Coding & Billing Policies Due to COVID-19

By YES HIM Consulting

The Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) expanded the payment guidelines for professional telehealth services provided to Medicare beneficiaries during the Public Health Emergency (PHE) declared for COVID-19 (CMS, 2020). The temporary protocol expansion was deemed necessary to aid healthcare reimbursement, and will be active only during the PHE. To keep coders and auditors up-to-date on the expanded services and reimbursement guidelines, YES HIM Consulting has gathered all the latest updates to form a telehealth resource center.

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Webinar Recap for HCCs background and a deeper dive into M.E.A.T. Criteria

By YES HIM Consulting

In conjunction with TruCode’s Educational Series of free webinars, YES President and CEO, Karen Youmans hosted a webinar focused on HCC education and coding, and the application of the M.E.A.T. Criteria. The webinar, which was held twice due to popular demand, was attended by over 3,000 HIM professionals. If you missed the opportunity to attend either session, you can download the presentation slides here. We will recap the main points made during the webinar, and provide additional resources to help you and your organization become HCC experts.

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COVID-19 Antigen Testing Code 87426 Available for Immediate Use from AMA

By Teri Jorwic

The American Medical Association (AMA) has released a new code for antigen testing of patients suspected to have been infected with COVID-19 (AMA, 2020). The CPT code for antigen testing was approved at a special meeting of the CPT Editorial Panel and released with a June 25, 2020, effective date. The special meeting and action by AMA was designed to react rapidly to the urgent need for the code. AMA President Susan R. Bailey M.D. commented, “Moving quickly during this crisis to meet the medical coding needs of the health care industry has enhanced the reporting of innovative tools now available to advance medicine’s overarching goals of reducing the COVID-19 disease burden, improving health outcomes and reducing long-term care costs” (AMA, 2020).

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Learn the ICD 10 Codes for Diabetes & Other Endocrine Diagnoses

By YES HIM Consulting

The Refresh With YES: CM Endocrine Diagnoses Webinar teaches learners the ICD 10 codes for diabetes mellitus and several endocrine diagnoses divided into 13-20-minute modules. Official coding guidelines, scenarios, and Coding Clinic topics related to the diagnosis codes for diabetes will be reviewed.

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Updates for Medicare Fee For Service (FFS): CMS MLN Matters Special Edition Article

By YES HIM Consulting

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has updated Special Edition (SE) MLN Matters® article SE20011 Medicare Fee for Service response to address the changes made for the issuance of additional guidelines and waivers regarding the 2019 Novel Coronavirus, COVID-19 (CMS, 2020). This MLN Matters® Special Edition Article is for providers and suppliers who bill Medicare Fee For-Service (FFS). This includes blanket waivers for providers and suppliers, a CMS telehealth video regarding coverage of services, guidance on Beneficiary Notice Delivery, and expansion of Ambulance origins and destination modifiers.

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