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How to Update Your Telehealth Security With the PHE Over

As most practices are aware, the COVID-19 public health emergency ended on May 11, 2023, and with it came the end of relaxed HIPAA rules for providers meeting with patients over telehealth. The Office of Civil Rights (OCR) has given providers a 90-day flexibility period to ensure telehealth systems and practices are in line with […]

Which Telehealth Rules Will Go Away When the PHE Ends?

Ever since the public health emergency (PHE) began during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, practices have gotten accustomed to the adjusted rules and regulations, which have included more telehealth flexibilities than ever before. However, when the PHE ends on May 11, many of those provisions will go away. Find out which telehealth PHE […]
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 […]
Medicare Telehealth Reimbursement

Master 4 Conditions to Qualify for Medicare Telehealth Reimbursement

On April 21, 2021, the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) renewed the Medicare telehealth requirement waivers that were implemented last year during the pandemic. The new expiration date for these relaxed rules is set for the end of July. This means you have a little while longer to take advantage of these telehealth […]

Get Paid for 60 New Telehealth Codes in 2021

After a year of constant updates, the rule changes for telehealth coding have “finally” been finalized in the 2021 Physician Fee Schedule final rule. Keep reading to ensure you’re getting paid for every service—including the newly reimbursable telehealth codes. CMS Adds Services to Telehealth List. Beginning January 1, 2021, the list of services reimbursable when […]
CPT telehealth audits

Ace Telehealth Audits and Keep Your Reimbursements

Important: Your CPT codes 99201-99215 claims are under attack. CMS and private payers started their telehealth exam post-payment audits which include reviewing your records and contacting your patients. Address these telehealth audit targets right now so you can hold onto more of your office visit pay and prevent future compliance penalties. Telehealth Exams Must Include […]
2021 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Telehealth

2021 CMS Fee Schedule Proposes 5 Telehealth Changes

Your telephone, telehealth exam, and virtual check-in pay could come to a grinding halt unless you’re up to date on the latest potentially upcoming changes to the 2021 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule. Auditors will be checking to see if you tightened your regulations for coding, compliance and more. Prep your practice now on the top […]
Telehealth HIPAA COVID

3 Ways to Avoid Telehealth HIPAA Violations During COVID-19

While HHS gave you a carrot and on the last possible day extended the public health emergency through mid-October, you better use the time to tighten up your telehealth privacy – or you could face expensive HIPAA violation penalties. Telehealth HIPAA COVID. CMS has added telehealth audits to its new work plan, so take it […]
OIG Telehealth Audit

Learn How to Avoid Telehealth Audit Traps

It’s now official: your telehealth services are on CMS’ radar. The Office of Inspector General (OIG) just announced that it will start reviewing claims for specific violations. The last thing you want to do is pay back money for incorrect telehealth reporting. But that’s exactly what could happen if you don’t tighten up your telehealth […]
CPT code 99441 telehealth

Collect $46 for Telehealth CPT Code 99441 vs 99213

QUESTION: Our patients really love the convenience and safety of telehealth, and we are planning to continue offering the services long-term. Can you provide us with some clarification on how to use CPT code 99441-99443 vs 99201-99215 when the video exam is not straightforward? Some example include:  What if there are technical issues and the […]