On June 9, 2021 the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced an increase in the total payment amount for at-home vaccination for administering the COVID-19 vaccine to Medicare beneficiaries who would encounter difficulty in being vaccinated otherwise. While the COVID-19 vaccine is readily available to most people at their pharmacy, doctor’s office or…

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Now that the age for administration of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine has been approved for adolescents aged 12 to 15, new questions are being raised, including who will get it and how to make distribution most equitable. Children are less susceptible to the disease caused by the virus, but they are likely to spread it to…

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Answers to Some of the Most Frequently Asked Questions on COVID-19 Billing Thanks to the prevalence of the disease, rapidly developing guidelines and treatment processes, and vaccines, COVID-19 is raising a lot of questions regarding medical billing and coding. The national public health emergency that was declared in March of 2020 created a huge push…

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Now that Johnson and Johnson’s coronavirus vaccine has been given an emergency use authorization (EUA), the US will see many more immunizations being given. Unlike Pfizer and Moderna’s vaccines, which require two doses, the new one only requires one shot and will be much easier to distribute because it only requires normal refrigeration temperatures for…

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CPT Codes Continue to Be Updated for COVID-19 Early in the spread of the pandemic, it became clear that medical approaches, as well as tests for the virus and eventually medicines and vaccines, would be developing and changing, which meant medical billing codes would have to be modified to allow practitioners to get paid appropriately….

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Operation Warp Speed and Preparing for COVID-19 Vaccine As a COVID-19 vaccine becomes closer, the big questions are who will get it and when? There has been some talk about it being widely available very soon, but most of the potential vaccines are not in clinical trials yet. Once a vaccine (or vaccines) becomes available,…

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The Covid-19 Pandemic Continues to Affect Many Aspects of Life The tragedy of the disease caused by the coronavirus is bad enough, but it isn’t the only way the virus is affecting Americans. Beyond the illness, the pandemic has affected how we go out, where we go, what we do, and who we do it…

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Top challenges facing physicians in 2020 Physicians face many challenges in addition to those of diagnosing and treating patients. This is especially true for those who are running their own practices, but even doctors in large institutions are not exempt from all of these stressors. COVID-19 and the resulting global pandemic have certainly increased pressure…

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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…