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Take note of the regulation updates that roll back some Stark rules and allow business associates to release information to public health officials.
 
 
You’ll find upheaval, opportunity and a sneak peek at looming documentation changes as a new Medicare payment rule addressing the COVID-19 crisis, issued March 31, breaks with numerous longstanding policy measures.
 
 
You'll find an additional 90 codes, including home visits (99341-99350) and critical care codes (99291-99292), that are billable to Medicare when your providers use telehealth services for the patient encounters.
 
 
While you're waiting for your piece of the $100 billion emergency fund that's part of the COVID-19 stimulus bill, you may want to consider an expanded advanced payment plan offered by CMS, as well as loans offered by the Small Business Administration (SBA).
 

In the time it takes to make a phone call, you can gain temporary billing privileges during the COVID-19 emergency that will allow your providers to begin treating Medicare patients almost immediately.

 

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