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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.

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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].

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Coding and Billing Resources for Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Coding and Billing Resources for Coronavirus COVID-19 Important information that provides current coding and billing updates from all of the regulatory agencies for our clients and the provider community during this public health emergency (PHE). We will continue to update this page as new guidance is received and reviewed by our senior healthcare consultants.

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Modifications to Hospital Outpatient Services During COVID PHE

Telehealth Expansion for Hospitals CMS is increasing access to telehealth for Medicare patients. What this means for hospitals is they will be permitted to code and bill during the PHE for services to which allowed physicians and practitioners employed by the hospital perform a face-to-face visit via telehealth service for a registered outpatient of the […]

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UPDATE: COVID-19 Antibody & Antigen Testing

In the CMS-5531-IFC dated April 30, 2020, CMS has stated COVID-19 serology antibody testing will be coverable by the Medicare program because they fall under at least one Medicare benefit category. The serology test that detects antibodies to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVD-19, may potentially aid in identifying patients who have had an immune […]

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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 […]

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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.

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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 […]

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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.

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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.