Here's The Latest in Health Care:
• This week CMS announced some major changes to their guidelines for billing telehealth encounters. CMS will now allow for more than 80 additional services to be completed via telehealth. When billing claims for non-traditional telehealth services with dates of services on or after March 1, 2020, and for the duration of the Public Health Emergency (PHE), practices should now bill with the Place of Service (POS) equal to what it would have been in the absence of a PHE, along with a modifier 95, indicating that the service rendered was actually performed via telehealth. Read More
• At least 5,700 people with the coronavirus have now died in the United States and more than 200,000 people are known to be infected, according to a New York Times. The death toll has quadrupled over the last week and now exceeds the number of people known to have died from the virus in mainland China, where the pandemic started in December. The New York Times offers an interactive map to track confirmed cases in your area. Read More
• A report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides new evidence to bolster early reports that the transmission of the coronavirus — which has now infected close to one million people worldwide — can happen one to three days prior to the onset of symptoms. This provides additional evidence to support extensive control measures including isolation, quarantine, school closures, travel restrictions and cancellation of mass gatherings, especially since the asymptomatic transmission makes containment even more difficult. Read More
• Home Depot said it has halted all sales of N95 masks at its stores and website, redirecting them to be donated to hospitals, health care workers and first responders treating patients during the coronavirus pandemic. The move came as retailers have come under scrutiny for continuing to sell the respirators amid a shortage for health care professionals during COVID-19. The company will also donate millions of dollars in personal protective equipment (PPE) and other products. Read More
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