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Which Laboratories Require CLIA Certification for Covid-19 Testing? With the push to reopen the economy across the country, it is imperative that testing for COVID-19 is readily available, not only so that infected individuals can be isolated, but also for contact tracing. Identifying areas where the new coronavirus that causes the disease is spreading is…

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Telehealth Is Playing an Increasingly Important Role During Coronavirus in the USA The strict privacy regulations established by HIPAA have played a large part in restricting the use of electronic communications and platforms for medical interaction until recently. The rapidly spreading coronavirus pandemic created a need to minimize contact with other people to cut down…

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What Medical Coders Need to Know About Coronavirus—The Ongoing Challenge The novel coronavirus that is causing the pandemic disease COVID-19 has disrupted every aspect of society and has had a huge impact on all facets of healthcare, including medical coding and billing. Figuring out COVID-19 medical coding so that providers and labs can be paid…

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What’s Behind All the Surprise Medical Bills for COVID-19? No one likes to be surprised by unexpected bills. Unfortunately, because of the rapidly changing policies relating to medical billing for COVID-19, many people are receiving surprise medical bills—sometimes for thousands of dollars. Charges for treating the disease can be extremely high because of the extended…

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HIPAA Compliance for Remote Workers Before, During and After COVID-19 Under normal circumstances, security and patient information are strictly regulated under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). The national health emergency created by COVID-19 has resulted in some relaxation of the rules, but most of the regulations still are being enforced…

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What Physicians Need to Know to Protect Themselves Against COVID-19 Doctors and nurses in hospitals are accustomed to wearing various types of personal protective equipment (PPE), including facemasks and respirators, but the highly contagious nature of COVID-19 has raised concerns for far more types of healthcare workers, from family physicians to hospital janitorial staff. As…

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COVID-19 Is Accelerating the Implementation of Telehealth Technology The coronavirus pandemic is having a huge impact on all aspects of our society, ranging far beyond the medical arena. While most of these effects are negative, the need for isolation and social distancing has resulted in a big push forward in telehealth alternatives, which may prove…

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Hospitals Put Billing on Hold Amidst the Economic Uncertainty of Coronavirus Funding Before COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, was even detected in the US, it was obvious that there would be serious economic ramifications. Manufacturing in China was quickly impacted, and the stock market crashed here, which started a chain reaction of…