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While the COVID-19 vaccination campaign expands and becomes a topic at your practice, you can’t ignore anti-discrimination and labor laws. If you want to mandate that your employees get vaccinated, make sure you’re not missing a step before you declare yourself ready to dismiss those who abstain.
Practices can use the new time-based coding method for E/M office visits (99202-99205, 99212-99215) and continue to use counseling/coordination of care time for other E/M visits that have a typical time associated with the code. But if coding staff and billing practitioners confuse the two methods, you will be confronted with improper coding and payments.
If you still need to get patients back in the office after a year of COVID-inflicted downturn, put your focus on the methods that kept patients showing up before the plague hit, including the trusty, if sometimes overlooked, patient portal.
Incorporating remote patient monitoring into a physician practice can improve patient care and boost a practice’s revenue stream.
Despite the fact that the four X modifiers still don’t have a totally defined role as an alternative to modifier 59 (Distinct procedural service), their utilization continues to expand. A drop in denial rates shows that they may be worth rolling the dice on.


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