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01/17/2022
If a patient declines part of their examination a weigh-in or disrobing, for example you may be able to work around it, or take the opportunity to educate the patient on the necessity of the declined element. If you can’t get past it, however, make sure to proceed carefully to avoid charges of discrimination or abandonment.
01/17/2022
Take steps to ease the transition to new billing rules in 2022 when physicians and non-physician practitioners (NPP) are involved in a single patient encounter. Experts predicted that Medicare’s new rule for split or shared services in facilities and for critical care services will create coding challenges for practices.
01/17/2022
Tread carefully when accepting payment from patients via payment apps such as Venmo, PayPal and Zelle. It’s personal health information, and there’s a risk that it can be accessed by third parties.
01/17/2022
Payment apps have become a popular and convenient way for patients to pay providers (see story, above). While providers are not obligated to accept payment via this method, many have been adding this option to foster patient engagement and satisfaction.
01/17/2022
While a new proposed rule on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) mainly affects health plans, providers who contract with them may feel an impact in patient population and Z-coding if it’s finalized as written.
01/17/2022
The Supreme Court has ruled on two vaccine mandates  against one that requires vaccination in businesses with 100 or more employees, but for another that would require many if not most health care workers to be vaccinated.
01/17/2022
You’ll find a new HCPCS codes, J2048 (Injection, remdesivir, 1 mg), for remdesivir antiviral medication used to treat COVID-19, but you should check with your Medicare administrative contractor (MAC) about coverage eligibility and payment terms.
01/17/2022
As in-person E/M visits cratered during the first year of the COVID-19 health crisis, practices successfully turned to phone-based encounters (99441-99443) and brought in millions in payments.

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