CMS Telehealth Coding Presents New Challenges

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As our recent article on Telehealth indicated, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) officially expanded its payment protocol to cover Medicare telehealth services in March of 2020. This meant that providers had greater flexibility in providing treatment and visits, with Medicare covering treatments that they previously would not have.

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Coding Audits: How Identifying Issues Sooner Rather than Later Saves Money for the Hospital/Facility

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The establishment of a coding compliance program remains a significant effort by the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) in its attempt to engage the healthcare community in combating fraud and abuse. The OIG developed a Compliance Resource Portal with materials and guidelines for healthcare professionals. A fundamental element to an effective compliance program is conducting internal monitoring and auditing. Coding audits have the added value of ensuring you are running an efficient and profitable, not to mention minimized liability, operation. Earlier detection of any potential coding issues will pay off financially and will reduce risks for additional external audits.

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