Telehealth adoption by physicians is way way up, a recent survey indicates.  A review of 800 physicians in December 2018 indicates adoption is up 340% since 2015.  The subjects,  two-thirds of whom practice primary care, shows that experience with video visits with patients has risen from 5% in 2015 to 22% in 2019. This is ...
In CMS
Apr 10th, 2019
Medicare Advantage (MA) enrollees have additional telehealth benefits thanks to a final rule released by the the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Telehealth Expanded Under New Rule Starting in 2020, Medicare Advantage enrollees will be able to access providers through electronic devices such as their computers, computer pads, and smart phones from their ...
In Coding
Mar 29th, 2019
Here’s a new twist in automation for medical coders when charging 99000 and 99001. How about sending medical samples by drone to the lab? Drones Carry Lab Samples Lab-bound samples at WakeMed Health & Hospitals in Raleigh, North Carolina are riding autonomous drones in a pilot project that’s part of the Federal Aviation Administration’s Unmanned Aircraft ...
In CMS
Feb 21st, 2019
No doubt your provider’s office or group practice has sent patients via ambulance to the hospital. Now, Medicare wants ambulances to bring patients to you. This a 2020 change for medical coding of transports and for providers. And it may affect evaluation and management (E/M) coding in providers’ offices. Ambulances Redirected The Centers for Medicare ...
In ICD-10
Jan 23rd, 2019
Mandy Roth of Healthcare Leaders asked readers what they expected in the immediate future (2019) in virtual care, and if any trends can be predicted. As a result, three key issues stood out: Growth in virtual care will be spurred on by changes in reimbursement over the coming year. The changes in reimbursement started in ...