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Hospital Outpatient PT/OT/ST Services Can Now Be Provided via Telehealth

On April 30, 2020, CMS issued a second round of sweeping changes to support the healthcare system during the COVID-19 Pandemic. One of these changes is the waiving of limitations on the types of clinical practitioners that can furnish Medicare telehealth services. Prior to this change, only doctors, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and certain others could deliver telehealth services. With this change, other practitioners are able to provide telehealth services, including physical therapists, occupational therapists, and speech language pathologists.

Until this change, therapists could only provide e-visits, a separate category of remote delivery of services. Even so, however, these services were only payable if billed on a CMS 1500 claim form. Hospital outpatient therapy services billed on the UB-04 claim form was excluded from being reimbursed for e-visits.

This is a great opportunity for hospital-based outpatient therapy, however, it can also set the stage for great risk. As you move to this new platform, make sure your team understands the operational implications (e.g. patient consent, acknowledgment of privacy notice) and regulatory compliance for billing, coding, and documentation. Blue & Co. can provide guidance in this area. For more information, contact our telehealth team.

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Webinar: Manufacturing Executive Roundtable with Indiana Manufacturers

Join us Thursday, October 29th from Noon to 1 PM Eastern Join Blue & Co. as we facilitate a town hall discussion with Indiana manufacturers featuring panelists who will be sharing how their organizations have been addressing the challenges and opportunities created by the COVID-19 Pandemic. To get started, please complete this short, 10-minute survey […]

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Medicare Bad Debts Regulations Update: October 2020

In these unprecedented times, protecting your Medicare bad debt reimbursement is more important than ever. With decreases in patient volume due to COVID-19, hospitals will certainly feel the effect on their wallet. Coupled with the release of Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) final rule, NOW is the time to safeguard your Hospital’s reimbursement. […]

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