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HIPAA compliance for telehealth services applies to audio-only services, including telephone E/M codes (99441-99443). To protect your practice and patients from breaches, make sure staff understand the security requirements for phone-based care that the HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) outlined in a guide on audio-only services.
Help your busy providers prepare for the end of the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE) with this summary of key waiver activities that will and will not be allowed after May 11. For example, providers can continue to perform telephone E/M services after May 11, but they cannot perform virtual check-ins for new patients.
The January 2023 update to the CPT manual introduced 225 new and 93 revised codes, while 75 codes were deleted, with almost every chapter undergoing some form of change. As expected, the spotlight fell on facility-based E/M services, with changes to codes, descriptions, guidelines, definitions and the medical decision-making (MDM) table.
Modifier JW (Drug amount discarded/not administered to any patient) is used to describe drug amounts that are discarded and not administered to any patient. It does not reduce the payment for the drugs so it is an informational modifier; however, but you’re required to use it on Medicare claims for drug wastage. Wrap in the following guidance and tips to ensure your claims are accurate.
Primary care providers dominated the top five slots in total reporting of traditional chronic care management (CCM) involving at least two chronic conditions. However, a wide range of specialties rose to the top when CMS introduced two codes for the management of one complex chronic condition, also known as principal care management (PCM).


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