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How to Rebuild Patient Volume During the COVID-19 Crisis As soon as COVID-19 was determined to be causing a pandemic, and it arrived in the US shortly thereafter, medical facilities became the focus of a lot of the guidance on how to stay safe from catching the virus. “Stay home” was the message underlying most…

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How COVID-19 Is Impacting the Medical Billing Industry During stay-at-home orders, people were asked to cancel all but their essential appointments. Annual exams, teeth cleaning, and other health maintenance activities were put on hold. Being in the hospital not only takes up a bed that might be needed for COVID-19 care, it also potentially exposes…

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Midway Through 2020 the Question Remains—How Do We Live With COVID-19? The U.S. was spared the worst of the previous pandemics, and we were not prepared for this one. The rapidly spreading virus has had a tremendous impact on all aspects of our lives from the way young children are schooled to how senior care…

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CMS Details the Use of CR and DR Codes for Medicare Billing It’s no secret that COVID-19 billing is challenging. Everything is new and changes are coming up fast. The public health emergency resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic caused the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to issue multiple blanket waivers. These are intended…

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Hiring a Medical Billing Company During COVID 19 — 7 Top Things to Look For COVID-19 has brought about many changes in all aspects of health care, and they are coming fast. Doctors and scientists are on the ground working to find treatments, vaccines and hopefully a cure as soon as possible. The urgency of…

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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…