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You can add two new codes to your COVID-19 response kit, with the added bonus that the codes are applicable for seasonal flu testing as well.
 
HHS Secretary Alex Azar has reauthorized the declaration of a pubic health emergency (PHE), meaning the PHE and its special rules for providers remain in effect at least through the end of the year.
New prolonged service code 99417 is the star of next year’s prolonged service show -- but coders should be aware of the other changes to the code set that will go into effect next year.
A recent article in Part B News examined the issues that arise for practices when a provider is hit with medical board sanctions, and how that can be anticipated and mitigated in physician contracts. A legal expert offers further thoughts on the subject.
 
You can complement your COVID-19 coding arsenal with two new additions -- testing code 86413 and extra services code 99072 -- as the AMA continues to build out its CPT code set in response to the ongoing public health emergency (PHE).
 

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