In Coding
Sep 10th, 2019
USPSTF drafts new HCV screening recommendations. New recommendations aim to curb the growing number of individuals infected with the hepatitis C virus (HCV). To address this public health dilemma, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) issued a draft recommendation statement on screening for HCV infection in adolescents and adults and now suggests that all ...
New BRCA recommendations dramatically expand the number of testable patients for whom primary care physicians should conduct a risk assessment and potentially refer to genetic counseling and testing for BRCA-related cancer. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recently updated its recommendations on screening for the potentially harmful genetic mutations of breast cancer susceptibility ...
In CMS
Aug 1st, 2019
Screening for Hepatitis B (HBV) infection in pregnant women provides substantial benefit, reaffirms the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) in their recommendation statement released last month. This determination follows their review of new evidence on the benefits and risks of screening for hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg). Serologic testing accurately identifies HBV infection and, in...
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has released a new recommendation for obesity screening in children and adolescents. The USPSTF recommends that clinicians screen for obesity in children and adolescents 6 years and older, and offer or refer overweight individuals to comprehensive, intensive behavioral interventions to promote improvements in weight status. This recommendation is bas...
In Billing
May 11th, 2017
Recognizing the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force’s updated recommendations for hepatitis B virus (HBV) screening, Medicare has added Part A and Part B coverage for HBV screening, effective Sept. 28, 2016. Naturally, there are conditions for coverage. Conditions for Coverage The screening must be performed using the appropriate FDA-approved laboratory test, used consistent with FDA-approved...