CMS updated its novel coronavirus (COVID-19) fee-for-service billing FAQs on April 23 and May 1. The updated FAQs address the appropriate use of disaster-related modifiers, remote physiological monitoring (RPM), and more.
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.
Modifier -22 indicates that the procedural work performed by the provider or surgeon was substantially greater than what is typically required. The application of this modifier allows providers to receive additional reimbursement for a procedural service that was especially challenging, time-consuming, or unusual.
Shannon McCall, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P, CPC, CEMC, CRC, CCDS, CCDS-O, reviews the latest guidance and ICD-10-CM reporting for common novel coronavirus (COVID-19) scenarios such as reporting for patients who present for testing with symptoms of COVID-19.