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New ICD-10 Codes Create Clarity in Capturing COVID in 2021

The chaos and confusion fomented throughout the American healthcare industry by the continuing COVID-19 pandemic has been bad enough in of itself – but when coders found themselves unable to accurately document what was even going on with patients, things got even worse.

Panacea Unveils Comprehensive Summary of 2021 OPPS Final Rule

Following the recent unveiling by federal officials of the 2021 Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) Final Rule, Panacea Healthcare Solutions has created a comprehensive Final Rule Summary highlighting some of the most salient looming changes facing healthcare providers nationwide.

Panacea Announces No-Cost Diagnostic Review of Hospital Chargemaster ahead of CMS Final Rule Posting Deadline

The comprehensive diagnostic review includes analysis of CMS Price Transparency shoppable items and services to alert providers of risks and opportunities.

Panacea Now Offering Physician and Coder E&M Training Ahead of Implementation of New Guidelines, effective Jan 1, 2021.

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Panacea Healthcare Solutions, Inc., a company specializing in healthcare coding compliance software and consulting services, is introducing a comprehensive yet concise training program with optional coding and documentation quality review, tailored to fit healthcare provider’s specific needs, as a method to help them prepare for a sweeping set of changes in […]

CMS and AMA Fourth Quarter 2020 Coding Updates: Panacea Summary and Recommendations

Our revenue integrity team continually monitors announcements by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the American Medical Association (AMA) to bring you the most current and up-to-date coding and billing information. Since our last quarterly update, CMS and AMA have been actively publishing new information that hospitals and providers will need to […]

Three Key Takeaways from the FY 2021 Inpatient Prospective Payment System Proposed Rule

Typically, we would have the Final Rule updates to the Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) for the 2021 fiscal year (FY) 60 days prior to its effective date. However, this year, citing the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE), publication was delayed. The final rule was published on September 1, or 30 days before the effective date.

Five Key Takeaways from the CY 2021 Outpatient Prospective Payment System Proposed Rule

On August 4, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the Changes to Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) for the 2021 calendar year (CY). The proposed regulations were published in the Federal Register on August 12, and comments are due by October 5.

Panacea Special Edition / Laboratory Services Update During COVID-19 PHE

Panacea’s consultants have been closely monitoring both Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and American Medical Association (AMA) published guidance for newly created codes for billing during the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE). Since February 2020, there have been many new codes added for COVID testing and specimen collection.

UPDATE: Billing for Hospital Outpatient Services During the COVID-19 PHE

On July 28, 2020, CMS released a new FAQ for Hospital Billing for Remote Services (Section LL) and expanded the FAQ for Outpatient Therapy Services (Section MM) in the COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on Medicare Fee-for-Service (FFS) Billing document[1].

What Radiology Practices Need to Know About Medicare’s Prior-Authorization Requirements

Beginning July 1, Medicare will require prior authorization for five procedure classes: blepharoplasty, botulinum toxin injections, panniculectomy, rhinoplasty, and vein ablation. As a reminder, prior authorization was announced through the Calendar Year 2020 Outpatient Prospective Payment System/Ambulatory Surgical Center Final Rule (CMS-1717-FC).