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Newly Released CPT Code for Coronavirus Lab Test Helps Track the Virus The sudden appearance of the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 and rapid spread of the disease it causes in humans, COVID-19, required the immediate development of a test to confirm the presence of the coronavirus—which of course means modifications have to be made throughout the…

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Coronavirus: What Healthcare Facilities Need to Do to Prepare Despite governments around the world quickly taking action to contain the novel coronavirus that appeared in China in December 2019, the disease has spread to countries around the globe. The coronavirus disease has been named COVID-19, and it is caused by the virus named “severe acute…

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5 Trends in Medical Billing Expected to Remain Strong Through 2020 The medical billing field is changing and evolving rapidly. Every year brings new technology, and new regulations come into play—but within all that change, there are some strong trends that give us a clear picture of the direction things are moving in, so we…

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2020 Changes to the CPT Codes Are Now in Effect In September, the American Medical Association (AMA) released the 2020 changes to the Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) code set, which is used throughout the health care system for medical coding to document and bill for medical procedures and services. The code is updated annually to…

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Medicare Coding Changes for Medical Billing in 2020 Every new year brings updates to the codes used for medical billing. Changes always include some additions for new diagnoses, procedures and technologies; revisions to make clarifications and corrections; and deletions to remove obsolete codes for treatments that are no longer accepted as part of standard care…

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CMS Has Released a Medical Billing Code for Coronavirus COVID-19 The novel coronavirus that spread to the human population in December 2019 was referred to as 2019-nCoV and now has been officially named COVID-19 by the World Health organization (WHO). The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is taking an active role in making…

Before You Hire a Medical Billing Company Ask About These 10 Points If you have never worked with a medical billing company before, it can be difficult to know what to ask about when you are trying to decide who you want to hire. On the other hand, if you have previously outsourced your medical…

PAMA reporting delayed to 2021 with LAB Act passage PAMA has initiated certain amendments with the collection period of January 2019 to June 2019. Although the LAB Act emphasizes to push the reporting window for this data out by one year, the extensive definition of the applicable laboratory that requires a multitude of entities to…

Confused About Personal Health Records (PHR), Electronic Medical Records (EMR) and Electronic Health Records (EHR)? Here’s What They Are and How They Differ When the movement to make medical records digital first started up, the new terms weren’t very clear and electronic medical records (EMR) and electronic health records (EHR) were often denoted as EHR/EMR,…

Are You Using the HHS HIPAA Security Risk Assessment Tool? Be Sure to Get the 2019 Update The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently released an update to its Security Risk Assessment Tool for Windows operating systems. (The tool is not available for Mac OS, but an older version is still available…