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As the coronavirus shuts down vast swaths of the American economy and the nation grapples with an unfolding national emergency, health care providers on the front lines are seeing severe repercussions to their day-to-day business operations, their financial livelihood and the ways they interact with patients.
As America searched for rubber and gasoline on the home front during World War II, today’s health care workers and practices are racing against time to procure sustainable personal protective equipment (PPE) inventories.
Question: A provider was using the new flexibility CMS offers to do telehealth visits by Skype when his transmission was interrupted and he had to finish the encounter by talking with the patient on the phone, with no visual component. He was conducting an E/M visit, and his notes suggest a 99212. Can I bill for that?
Medical practice backers and industry groups are cheering the $2.2 trillion stimulus plan that President Trump signed into law March 27 to combat the severe economic consequences of the developing COVID-19 crisis.
Nearly nine out of 10 medical facilities are experiencing personal protective equipment (PPE) shortages due to the novel coronavirus pandemic.


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