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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.

Join us for the Construction Summit!

You’re Invited Join us virtually for the 2nd Annual Construction Industry Summit on Thursday, October 21 from 9:00 AM – Noon.  Sessions to look forward to: Keynote Speaker: Dr. Anirban Basu will supply economic analysis of the pre-pandemic and pandemic world, and also provide a forecast for the post-pandemic world. Dr. Basu is the Chairman & CEO […]

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Summary of Ways and Means Committee Proposed Tax Changes

Ways and Means Proposed Tax Increases

By: Derek Gray, CPA, Director On the morning of September 13, 2021, the House Ways and Means Committee released details of proposed tax increases totaling $2.9 trillion. The revenue raised from these increases, along with an additional $600 billion coming from dynamic growth, is intended to pay for the Democrats’ proposed $3.5 trillion budget bill. […]

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Phase 4 of PRF Funding

Phase 4 of PRF Funding

Friday afternoon HRSA announced Phase 4 of PRF funding and the $8.5B of American Rescue Plan (ARP) payments as well as the outline of how those payments will be administered. Payments between the two programs are anticipated to be $25.5B and will be made to providers who submit an application detailing lost revenues and COVID-19 […]

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