Apr 8th, 2020
HHAs, hospices need direct telehealth reimbursement, industry reps maintain. Medicare is giving home health agencies and hospices freer rein with telehealth visits, but providers must make sure the plan of care reflects that new usage. Telehealth for Home Health The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Home Health Prospective Payment System final rule for calendar ...
In Coding
Apr 1st, 2020
Certain telemedicine services are already covered under the Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) when provided to Medicare patients in accordance with regulations. In response to the public health emergency (PHE) for the COVID-19 pandemic, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has temporarily expanded telehealth coverage. Effective March 6, CMS expanded the telehealth benefit under ...
In Billing
Mar 31st, 2020
An unprecedented “relaxation” in regulatory guidelines will give U.S. hospitals and non-traditional care sites a fighting chance to meet the high demand of COVID-19 hospitalizations expected in the coming weeks. The Trump administration issued, March 30, regulatory waivers and guidelines in the form of an interim final rule, to be implemented immediately. Loosening Criteria for ...
Mar 27th, 2020
Physicians now may use telehealth to conduct face-to-Face encounters for home health patients. Home care providers may not be getting all the support they want from regulators in the face of the COVID-19 crisis, but the feds are helping home health agencies on one critical point: reimbursement for face-to-face physician encounter visits. What Does the ...
Mar 18th, 2020
Your frequently asked questions, answered. In a previous post in the AAPC Knowledge Center, we noted that, on March 17, 2020, Medicare relaxed its telehealth regulations to facilitate healthcare for the elderly and others affected by the COVID-19 pandemic for the duration of the national public health emergency. Specifically, the purpose of the decision was ...