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

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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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Implement These Best Practices to Improve HCC Coding

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Every healthcare organization that has Medicare patients who receive coverage and benefits through the Medicare Advantage program uses HCC coding. CMS established the HCC coding risk-adjustment model in 2004 to better predict healthcare costs for every patient and increase the accuracy in risk adjustment data for reimbursement claims (CMS, 2004). But, what is HCC coding? Hierarchical condition category (HCC) coding utilizes the ICD-10 code set to identify risks for each patient and assign risk values, or RAF scores, in value-based care models. If your coding team needs HCC coding help, here are 4 HCC coding best practices you can implement right now to see a positive impact immediately.

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CMS Guidelines for Telehealth Coding & Billing During PHE

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has decided to update the CMS billing and coding guidelines for telehealth or in-home provider services due to the urgency of the current 2019-Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic (CMS, 2020). CMS has broadened the scope for reimbursement for virtual check-ins and other digital communications with patients to safely and effectively respond to this Public Health Emergency (PHE). In the interim, telehealth services will not be limited by program restrictions put in place by Medicare (Federal Register, 2020). Evaluation and management (E/M) service codes cover these remote and communication technology-based services performed by a physician or non-physician practitioner (NPP).

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Medicare Telehealth Services Now Included In Expanded Payment Protocol

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has decided Medicare will expand its payment protocol for professional Medicare telehealth services provided to beneficiaries in all areas of the country, in all settings. “Telehealth, telemedicine, and related terms generally refer to the exchange of medical information from one site to another through electronic communication to improve a patient’s health” (CMS, 2020). Due to the current Public Health Emergency (PHE) declared for 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), this expansion was considered a necessary step to assist in healthcare reimbursement and only designed to last as long as this emergency

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