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Be ready to provide employees with a note that allows them to travel during a shelter-in-place order, consider limits to non-essential services and find out how to fast-track telehealth services during the current pandemic. These are just three snippets of advice in the batch of resources for private practices that the American Medical Association (AMA) released today.
 
 
Practices interested in how to code telehealth visits and encounters involving COVID-19 -- in light of recent waivers and policy changes -- can review 11 new coding scenarios released March 25 by the AMA.
 

Add another code to your coronavirus testing list. In addition to two available HCPCS codes, you're now eligible to report a new CPT code for severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) testing claims.

The clock is ticking on big changes to E/M office visit codes, and the smart play is to start preparing as soon as possible, the AMA suggested in a recent webinar. 
Did you know: The CPT editorial panel issues corrections to the CPT coding manual and the CPT Changes manual throughout the year? The editorial panel has posted a total of 34 updates to the coding manual since it was released late last year.

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