May 2020

The US Department of Health and Human Services has provided additional funding to Rural Health Clinics for COVID-19 testing.

Today, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) through the HRSA (Health Resources and Services Administration) has provided $225 million to Rural Health Clinics (RHC) for COVID-19 testing.

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May 2020

CMS update: Telephone Only Codes Added to List of Telehealth Services

It has been a confusing and chaotic time for healthcare providers.  On 5/1 CMS again made changes to their directives for telehealth.  Among providers affected by these changes are RHC providers, professional services and providers who have been using telephone only codes and outpatient hospital based clinics.  They have also clarified the use of Modifier CS.  CMS stated they now realize a large population of Medicare beneficiaries do not have access to asynchronous communication (real time audio/video) and to assist beneficiaries and providers there are now additional codes that allow telephone only interaction. 

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April 2020

RHC New Guidance

Changes were made for RHCs and FQHCs Friday April 17th 2020.

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March 2020

COVID-19 Updates for Release of Information and Telehealth

Daily change is part of our healthcare careers and even more so with the COVID-19 national emergency.  Here are a few items you and your staff need to know during this time.

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March 2020

Urgent Update: COVID-19

In the current times I rest assured saying COVID-19 is creating a lot of chaos and confusion and is at the forefront of everyone’s minds.   Medical providers are trying to determine ways to help patients without compromising public health, patient’s health and putting high risk patients at further risk.  CMS has recognized this and enacted relief through 1135 Waiver.

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March 2020

COVID-19 CPT Code Available March 13th

On March 13th American Medical Association (AMA) editorial panel published a special edition CPT Assistant Fact Sheet of which announced CPT code 87635 (infectious agent detection by nucleic acid [DNA or RNA]; severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 [SARS-CoV-2] [COVID-19], amplified probe technique) is now available for reporting the testing for COVID-19.

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