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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.

2021 Grantee recertification

2021 Grantee Recertification Reminder: Consolidated Health Centers and FQHC Look-ALikes

The 2021 Grantee Recertification period for Consolidated Health Centers, Federal Qualified Health Center Look-Alikes, Ryan White, Comprehensive Hemophilia Treatment Centers, Native Hawaiian, Black Lung Programs, Urban Indian, and Tribal Compact 638 will be February 1 – March 1, 2021. A separate email will be sent out by HRSA with all of the information required to […]

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Webinar_ Trade Chat_ 2021 Supply Chain Outlook

Webinar: Trade Chat: 2021 Supply Chain Outlook

Join the World Trade Center Kentucky and Blue & Co. on Tuesday, January 26 from 10 to 11 a.m. Eastern for Trade Chat: 2021 Supply Chain Outlook. This webinar will be a panel discussion led by moderator Patrick Brown, CPA, Principal, Blue & Co., regarding the outlook for domestic and global supply chains in 2021. The panelists […]

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