CMS recently issued a major update to frequently asked questions (FAQ) on COVID-19 fee-for-service billing issues. The bulk of the new FAQs concerns hospitals and the ability to invoke various waivers in order to deliver services to patients in their homes using telecommunications technologies.
Physicians and facilities use the same codes to report E/M levels for ED services, but follow different rules. Outpatient coders must be able to assign E/M codes for both physicians’ work and resources utilized by the facility during emergency visits.
CMS released a new interim final rule with comment period that grants organizations another round of flexibilities to meet the challenges of the COVID-19 public health emergency, including permitting hospitals to bill for telehealth services and loosening restrictions on COVID-19 testing.
Under both the 1135 waiver and the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, CMS is increasing access to Medicare’s telehealth services to allow beneficiaries to receive professional healthcare services without having to travel to a healthcare facility.