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Everyone’s favorite office procedure, cerumen removal using lavage (69209) made a cameo appearance during the E/M office visit coding presentation during the AMA’s virtual CPT RBRVS Symposium this week.
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.
With the COVID-19 public health emergency continuing to dominate the health care conversation, it may be easy to forget other important news. But CMS put out a reminder this week about a key change coming up soon -- the vast reworking of E/M office visit coding and documentation.
A second wave of policy and payment changes that CMS released today is reshaping – yet again – how the medical community can conduct care during the COVID-19 crisis and, critically, how much providers can expect to get paid.
In a wide-ranging update to policy guidance that CMS is touting as a “second round of sweeping changes,” the agency seeks to further expand COVID care, ramp up diagnostic testing and again loosen restrictions on which types of providers can deliver vital services like telehealth during this unprecedented emergency.
Take heed of new guidance CMS issued today to ensure you're getting paid in full for certain COVID-19 encounters. When taking the liberty to waive patient's cost-sharing, you should be appending your COVID-19 testing-related claims with the modifier CS.


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