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You can take advantage of greater frequency when reporting telehealth services to patients in the nursing home setting. CMS will soon begin to permit payment for encounters once every 14 days, instead of once per month.
Practitioners who perform hearing, speech and cognitive therapy now have more services they can provide via telehealth during the COVID-19 public health emergency.
Circle April 21 on your calendar. That’s the new expiration date for the declaration of the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE) that has been in place since the determination made by HHS Secretary Alex Azar, II, Jan. 31, 2020.
 
You can expect to see wild swings to Medicare pay rates in 2021, according to proposals CMS released this morning. The agency announced a nearly 11% cut to the Medicare physician fee schedule’s conversion factor (CF), dropping it to a rate of $32.26 next year, down from $36.09 in 2020.
 
Influencing the substantial decrease to the CF are the projected pay increases to the core set of E/M office visit codes (99202-99215). CMS confirmed that the E/M office visit codes remain on track for their first major overhaul in 25 years, according to the proposed 2021 Medicare physician fee schedule.
 
Medicare issued an update to its COVID-19 fact sheet May 27, and it contains more answers your telehealth documentation and coding questions.The topics relevant to Part B billing range from modifier use to how to report a telehealth encounter if the practitioner or the patient experience technical difficulties.

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