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Standards for judging coding and billing performance should go beyond simple measurement of denial rates. To achieve better assessments, you also should weed out other causes to accurately measure their effect on the bottom line.
CMS will pay more money to Medicare providers for administering the COVID-19 vaccine in the home, beginning with vaccines administered on June 8, 2021.
CMS and the U.S. Congress are pushing for you to provide the cognitive assessment and plan of care service billed to Medicare with 99483. You don’t have to be a behavioral health or gerontology specialist to do so, but you should make sure you’re prepared.
On June 10, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced updated guidance along with new rules for frontline health care employers. The latest word from OSHA reflects new guidance from CDC in May that says fully vaccinated people can safely go without masks and physical distancing in most situations.
by: Roy Edroso
CMS has been pushing for wider use of its behavioral health codes, which you can see in the big push to get providers to use 99483 (Assessment of and care planning for a patient with cognitive impairment). The uptake has been on the slow side, but signals are flashing that the pace may pick up over time.


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