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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.

Potential Issues with Online Donor Solicitation and Grant Applications

As organizations have had to navigate and operate under the instantaneous, shifting changes that are resulting from the current pandemic, one of the largest challenges to overcome is continuing to receive and replenish resources during a time when normal fundraising activities might not be possible. Revenues previously raised from annual fundraisers and campaigns that are […]

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Webinar: Protecting Your Cash Flow

August 12th | 3-4 p.m. EST Join Medical Marketing Whiz and David Sproule of Blue & Co., as we discuss Tips for Keeping & Increasing Cash Flow of Your Practice. You’re going to learn: What you can do today to help you through the Covid-19 pandemic Find out if you’re making the major financial mistake […]

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