As the world continues to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, telehealth is emerging as an effective and sustainable solution for precaution, prevention and treatment to stem the spread of COVID-19 and is offering an excellent way for practices across the country to care for patients. Telemedicine which is used for those with and without the coronavirus, provides the ability to protect high-risk patients, healthcare workers, and the entire community from the spread of the virus. Regardless of what happens with COVID-19, hospitals are always working to stay prepared for disasters, outbreaks and emergency situations. Disaster preparedness teams, infection prevention and control departments and hospital operations teams are working together year-round to ensure smooth operations – even during the most challenging times.
Over the past four to six weeks, telehealth guidelines have continued to change regularly. Since we are now in a full state of emergency, many of the Medicare restrictions surrounding the use of telehealth services have now been lifted. Now patients can connect with physicians from their home and it’s even possible to use non-HIPAA compliant technology to implement the use of telemedicine on a broad scale faster.
There are many changes which have been taking place in Healthcare side, few of them are as follows :-
- Physicians are now permitted to provide telehealth services to patients from their own homes.
- Cost-sharing can be reduced or waived off for telemedicine visits.
- Telehealth services can be utilized for both established and new patients.
- Flexibility is now offered for telehealth services and hence non-HIPPA compliant applications like Skype or FaceTime can be used during this pandemic.
NEW CODES INTRODUCED DUE TO COVID-19
Certainly, the quick change to telemedicine services has been difficult for many practices, particularly with the constant changes regarding the payment requirements for visits and newly released codes for coronavirus related services. There are multiple medical practices who are are already getting used to using the codes for telemedicine services while dealing with the COVID-19 crisis. Also, new codes have been introduced regularly over the past few weeks, and it’s often difficult for practices to keep up with the implementation of unfamiliar telemedicine codes as well as these new coronavirus-related codes.
As you face the constant changes and challenges affecting practices during COVID-19, having an experienced medical billing and coding companies like Viaante by your side can help you navigate this time successfully.
Which coronavirus code should be used and when?
Did you know that accurate and timely medical coding can help healthcare organizations keep an eye on trends, such as respiratory illness and symptoms related to conditions such as COVID-19 and flu?
The entire world has changed within the past couple of months, and the way care is offered has changed along with it. Now it’s the time you need to focus all of your attention on providing the care patients needs while you have a quality billing and coding company working with you and to deal with all your billing and coding needs.
You are already dealing with a pandemic and outsourcing billing and coding to Viaante, one of the top medical coding companies, can help you deal with patients as the company handles the coding for you. A quality medical billing and medical coding services company will be well-versed in all the latest changes, ensuring that coding is handled correctly to ensure you get paid for the services you provide during the coronavirus outbreak.
While you are a professional at dealing with your patients, doing patient visits in a virtual environment proves to be a bit different. It is important that you have the time needed to focus on your patients so you can care for them appropriately during the coronavirus outbreak.
Viaante Business Solutions offers a wide range of outsourced medical coding and billing solutions. When you outsource your practice’s billing and coding to Viaante, you can know that your practice has a partner during these challenging times. Viaante’s professional teams are up-to-date on the latest telehealth guidelines, coronavirus codes, and can ensure that your practice gets paid for the telemedicine services you’re providing to patients. More than ever, we need to work together to offer quality patient care and stop the spread of COVID-19, and Viaante is partnering with practices around the country to make that happen.
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