As the novel coronavirus continues to take hold throughout the country and healthcare facilities attempt to quickly reconfigure care delivery for patients and consumers who are being advised to stay home and not seek non-emergent care at hospitals and other facilities, appointments are being cancelled nationwide. Some care organizations and practices already have telehealth systems in place, while others are scrambling to develop or increase that capacity.
In turn, providers are facing new challenges in preparing to bill for telehealth services when patients can’t make in-facility appointments due to precaution, self-quarantine, containment, and even potential regional quarantines. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), effective immediately, has released new ICD-10 diagnosis codes for billing associated with COVID-19.
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Coronavirus Effects on Medical Billing: Preparing to Use the New ICD-10 COVID-19 Codes