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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.
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.
 
Providers gained a substantial pay boost for audio-only E/M encounters (99441-99443) under recent CMS rulemaking -- and the path to those payments for claims you already submitted just got easier.
 
 
 
The big pay boost for telephone E/M codes performed by physicians and qualified health care professionals (99441-99443) is good news for practices that have performed audio-only telephone encounters during the COVID-19 emergency.
 
In addition, the update should remind practices to make sure they know when they can report an office E/M telehealth visit and determine if their state’s Medicaid program will reimburse the practice for audio-only encounters.
 
 
Providers will soon have a way to capture reimbursement for the treatment of uninsured patients during the COVID-19 emergency. But bear in mind that funds are limited, and you'll have to wade through various registration steps to get set up.
 

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