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Practices have started reopening to patients and some are coming back. But providers who spoke to Part B News aren’t expecting a return to normal anytime soon.
CMS’ acknowledgement of a major interstate licensing arrangement offers practices that have been pushed by COVID-19 into telehealth some new patient opportunities — though much depends on whether payers maintain their current generous rates and whether you have what it takes to take advantage.
Coders will have more than 500 ICD-10-CM code changes to get to know by Oct. 1, including 57 new musculoskeletal codes for a wide range of conditions, as well as expansions of nervous system diagnoses and headache codes.
Question: There are times when patients want to be accompanied in the exam room by a family member or friend. Most of the time that’s fine, but sometimes I believe having another person in the room will make a discussion I think I should have with the patient more difficult. Is there any problem with my barring the entry of another person?
Nearly 500 codes — including the two new U codes for COVID-19 and vaping-related disorders — are proposed to be added to the ICD-10 code set under the FY2021 Hospital Inpatient PPS (IPPS) proposed rule, released May 11.


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