The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic upended the U.S. healthcare system in innumerable ways. Experts believe the new post-COVID-19 normal will not be exactly the same as it was pre-pandemic. For one, telehealth is here to stay.
CMS released the calendar year (CY) 2021 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) on August 3, introducing 39 new CPT codes, mainly for cardiovascular services. If finalized, the new codes will go into effect January 1, 2021.
This week’s Medicare updates include the release of the Skilled Nursing Facility Prospective Payment System final rule, new ICD-10-PCS codes for therapeutic COVID-19 treatments, the Inpatient Psychiatric Facility Prospective Payment System final rule, and more!
Q: Beginning in July, prior authorization is needed for certain hospital outpatient services such as blepharoplasty, botulinum toxin injections, panniculectomy, rhinoplasty, and vein ablation. Going forward, how should hospitals approach this change?
Lifespan Health System, a Rhode Island-based healthcare provider, agreed to pay $1.04 million to the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) and implement a corrective action plan to settle potential HIPAA violations, OCR announced on July 27.