End of PHE

Find out How the End of the PHE Will Impact Medical Practices

Although most medical practices have become accustomed to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE) being continually extended, it was clear that eventually would end—and now it seems that time will arrive. The Biden Administration announced last week that the PHE will be extended through May 11, at which point it will permanently expire, marking the […]
CDC mask guidelines

New CDC Practice Mask Rules: Cut Confusion at Your Practice

Changing CDC mask guidelines have left your practice scrambling to keep up. Must you require your patients and employees to mask up, or can you move to making masks optional? Making the wrong decision could lead you to angry patients, enforcement actions, and potential lawsuits. New CDC Mask Guidelines On February 25th, 2022, the Centers […]
Telehealth Claim Denial

Claim Denial Telehealth: Check 2 Items Before Refiling

QUESTION: We just received our first denial for a telehealth service using audio-visual. The claim was filed with office visit code 99212, place of service 02 for telehealth and modifier 95. Can you tell us what we did wrong so that we can get paid for these visits? Question from Palatine, Illinois Subscriber ANSWER: Based […]
Vaccine exemption

Must You Offer Remote Work Instead of a COVID Vaccine?

Q: We have a member of our administrative staff who refuses to get the COVID vaccine. However, she doesn’t qualify for a vaccine exemption. As an alternative to being vaccinated, the employee has requested that her position be 100% remote. This is not something we believe is a viable option. Are we required to comply […]
Unvaccinated patients

New ICD-10-CM Codes for Partially & Unvaccinated Patients

You’ll soon have new ICD-10-CM Z codes to report when treating patients who are partially vaccinated or unvaccinated for COVID-19. Unvaccinated patients. This new code set, effective April 1, 2022, includes four additions under Chapter 21 (Factors influencing health status and contact with health services). The codes were added to better track those who aren’t […]
Covid-related disability

Cut Confusion Qualifying COVID Employee Disability Status

out whether an employee’s COVID-19 infection qualifies them for disability protections has been left up to you. Making the wrong decision could open you up to expensive litigation and fines for your practice, another layer of stress during a time when you don’t need any more. Covid-related disability. Thankfully, new guidance from the Equal Employment […]
CMS vaccine mandate

Court Halts LA Injunction on CMS Vaccine Mandate

Note: The information in this post was accurate as of December 17, 2021. CMS vaccine mandate. The CMS vaccine mandate is back on in 26 states – sort of. On Wednesday, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals issued a decision partially reversing a nationwide injunction on the rule that required staff of many Medicare- and […]
Coding for COVID-19 Vaccines

Improve Accuracy & Boost Pay-up with New COVID Vaccine Codes

The American Medical Association (AMA) recently issued 11 new Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) codes to help make your coding for COVID-19 vaccines more accurate – and hopefully improve your reimbursement. So if your practice is administering vaccines under the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) COVID-19 Vaccination Program — the only way to legally […]
covid vaccine mandate

Reduce Legal Risk of Requiring COVID Vaccine for Practice Staff

Mandating vaccines for your practice may or may not be your choice, but how you transition to this trend is fraught with risk if not managed correctly. Between federal regulations, state requirements, and union contracts, it’s all too easy to make a mistake that can result in crippling lawsuits and stiff penalties – unless you […]
covid vaccine mandate

Comply with State COVID-19 Vaccine Requirements and Deadlines

Before you spend hours debating whether to mandate your staff to get vaccinated for COVID-19, you should figure out if you really have a choice. It may not actually be up to you. covid vaccine mandate. As reports of new variants of the virus are all over the news, and data to suggest that infection […]