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Can you get in trouble for paying off a ransomware crook? It’s not out of the question, but you can reduce your chances if you follow a sound protocol before attempting to pay. Also be sure to emplace necessary safeguards before you get attacked.
The COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE) will not end before Jan. 16, 2022, thanks to the renewal of the PHE that went into effect Oct. 18. Make sure your practice understands what the extension does — and does not — mean for telehealth services.
Take a fresh look at principal care management (PCM) services, even if your practice currently reports them using HCPCS codes G2064 or G2065. Four new PCM codes that take effect Jan. 1, 2022 — the series of CPT codes 99424-99427 — will replace the HCPCS series and bring additional reimbursement opportunities. They also will carry over current restrictions.
As the status of a patient can change during the course of a patient stay, it can be difficult for providers and coders to accurately code for observation services. Get the basics down to file your observation claims successfully.
Most virtual encounters during the COVID-induced telehealth spike involved patients who had an established relationship with a provider, and that detail may influence federal policymaking on the future coverage of tech-enabled visits, according to an OIG analysis released Oct. 20.


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