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UPDATE: COVID-19 Specimen Collection for Hospitals & Physicians

In the CMS-5531-IFC Dated April 30, 2020, CMS confirmed new guidance for specimen collection services and payment. It is important for hospitals and physicians to review the applicable coding guidance summarized below and implement use for claims reporting as soon as possible. Hospital Outpatient CMS is creating a new E/M code to support COVID-19 testing […]

CMS Final Price Transparency Rule: Take HEED in 2020

Effective January 1, 2019, CMS required that a hospital publish their chargemaster online for consumers. At the time it was made clear by CMS that this would be the first of potentially many initiatives geared toward increasing transparency around hospital and other provider fees. The goal of all of these changes is to improve the […]

Clinical Diagnostic Laboratory Billing for COVID-19 Testing

We continue to monitor CMS updates for coding and billing information that will assist our client laboratories and other hospital laboratories to stay abreast of COVID-19 coding and billing during this public health emergency (PHE). CMS continues to expand billing and clarification for COVID-19 testing for clinical diagnostic laboratories.

UPDATE – Provider Telehealth Coding and Billing, effective April 1, 2020

CMS guidance for telehealth is changing rapidly. In an effort to continue providing coding and billing assistance to Panacea’s clients and the provider community during this public health emergency (PHE), we are updating the Telehealth coding and billing guidance for providers (physician, nurse practitioner, physician assistant) and have created a listing of eligible codes not […]

An Update from Panacea on COVID-19

We are all adjusting to a new reality in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. We extend heartfelt sympathy to anyone impacted by the virus, and sincere gratitude to the healthcare workers and providers on the front lines battling this unprecedented disease. We’re reaching out to update you on how Panacea is approaching this situation.

Panacea Developing News: New ICD-10-CM code for the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), April 1, 2020

On March 18, 2020, the CDC announced the decision to implement in the United States use of new emergency temporary ICD-10-CM diagnosis code, U07.1 COVID-19, effective for use April 1, 2020 to facilitate coding of claims during this pandemic.

Coronavirus Outbreak – Institutional (Facility) Coding and Billing for Telehealth Services

Panacea is providing guidance for institutional (facility) billing during this public health emergency. Hospitals will need to take additional steps to ensure coding and billing are appropriate during this time. For the most part, billing for telehealth services has not changed with exception of the information provided below. HCPCS code Q3014 (Telehealth facility fee) describes […]

Coronavirus Outbreak – Provider Telehealth Coding and Billing

In an effort to provide coding and billing assistance to Panacea’s clients and the provider community during this public health emergency, we have developed some general Telehealth coding and billing guidance and listing of eligible codes not only permitted for use by Medicare and Medicaid but at least two major payers (UnitedHealthcare and Blue Cross […]

UPDATE: CMS and AMA payment and coding guidance for COVID-19

Panacea has summarized the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the American Medical Association (AMA) payment and coding updates being implemented during this public health emergency into the following sections:

Coding and Reimbursement Highlights for 2020 IPPS, MPFS & OPPS

With the CMS Final Rule published there is a flurry of activity across the industry to come up to speed on the changes. In our experience though we’ve found that for many healthcare systems it’s easier to keep track of changes to the codes, rules, and guidelines they are already using; the challenge comes in becoming aware of and implementing when new things are introduced.

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