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Medicare administrative contractors (MAC) took a step that could lead to a uniform policy for trigger point injections (TPI) during a joint meeting on April 27.
In medically underserved communities, doctors from overseas can help fill vacancies, particularly in needful areas such as primary care. But the current system only lets a small number of foreign doctors work in the U.S., and medical organizations that seek to employ them can count on long waits and red tape.
Hearing loss affects millions of people worldwide, and conventional hearing aids have been the standard solution for decades. However, a surgical osseointegrated bone prosthesis has emerged as a popular alternative for patients who cannot adjust to traditional hearing aids. This type of hearing device bypasses the middle ear and treats hearing loss through a process called “osseointegration.”
The Office of Inspector General (OIG) recently released the results of an audit of Medicare billing requirements for psychotherapy services submitted from March 2020 through February 2021 as providers adapted to changes introduced as a result of the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE).
Auditors are keying in on psychotherapy services delivered via telehealth, and Medicare claims show that they will have a massive trove of data to investigate. In 2021, as the COVID crisis continued to shutter offices, providers routinely turned to telehealth to deliver behavioral health care to patients after CMS granted waivers, capturing some 40% of visits on the most-used services.


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