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Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar announced Jan. 31 that the novel coronavirus — aka 2019-nCoV — that went epidemic in the Hubei province of China and has since been detected in a handful of cases stateside constitutes a public health emergency in the U.S.
Medicare will allow providers to harness a powerful DNA sequencing technology that can rapidly monitor a patient’s genome and pinpoint harmful disease characteristics — and the applications may extend well beyond cancer.
New, expansive requirements for reporting providers accused of sexual misconduct have become law in California, suggesting that the trend presaged by #MeToo could require practices to step up their reporting in other states as well. 
When you encounter vaping-related injury or illness cases in a clinical setting, you are to report the new emergency vaping code, U07.0 (Vaping-related disorder), as the primary diagnosis, according to newly issued tabular guidance for the code from the ICD-10-CM Coordination and Maintenance Committee.
As practices find expanded coverage of Next Generation Sequencing tests, two CPT codes used most frequently — 81432 (Genomic sequencing procedures and other molecular multianalyte assays) and 81445 (Targeted genomic sequence panel, neoplasm, 5-50 genes) — are on divergent paths.


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