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You may be gearing up to offer patients telehealth services during the COVID-19 emergency since CMS waived the originating site requirements. If so, you may not be familiar with the requirements – and many of them have changed in the past few weeks. Make sure you code and document these claims so that they’ll be accepted, and watch out for private payers who haven’t adopted CMS’ waiver yet.

As telehealth allowances and guidance move with unprecedented speed, health care providers need to know what is covered by Medicare as cases increase in the COVID-19 battle.
While two recent interoperability final rules mostly apply to health IT people, the information blocking part of the rule from the Office of the National Coordinator of Health Information Technology (ONC) will directly impact your practice’s requirements when patients ask to have their data forwarded or connected via an app. Start planning for the switchover now.
In its quest to provide more remote services, CMS has come up with some new online codes in the past year but still pays for several older codes specifically geared to teleheath. These older codes don’t get much use, but their utilization is growing Ñ steadily and at a faster rate than their denials.  


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