Find Official Guidance with COVID-19 Resource List: To Help You Stay Current on Updates while Looking Ahead to a Forward Motion Plan.
Though the response has been swift, when the virus first emerged, there were no specific codes or guidelines set and no process to document testing accurately. We now have designated diagnoses codes and guidelines for COVID-19, but bringing coding teams up to speed will require diligence. The COVID-19 billing considerations are even more complex.
Avoid Potential Impact on COVID-19 Claims Reimbursement: Following Guidelines for Consistent Coding of Inpatient Claims will Ensure Proper Reimbursement.
Recently, congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which provides more than $100 billion in direct aid to hospitals and other providers. This includes a 20 percent increase in reimbursement for inpatient COVID-19 claims.
Each year AAPC sponsors the healthcare conference, HEALTHCON, which was originally scheduled to take place at Disney’s Coronado Springs Hotel in Orlando, April 5-8. Every year the event provides excellent networking opportunities, with thousands of medical coders and healthcare professionals participating.
With an expansive platform to earn continuing education units (CEUs), and prominent speakers, the HEALTHCON event has excellent industry participation year after year. Unfortunately, this year, as with all organized events, the COVID-19 emergency prevented HEALTHCON 2020 from going on as normal, and left organizers in a predicament. However, after much deliberation, and exploration of alternative solutions, AAPC decided to carry on with the event with a promise to deliver the same expectations, only virtually.
April welcomes the anticipation of spring and its promise of renewal. It is also the month for us to recognize the importance of our ability to volunteer and give back to our communities. However, this year the volunteer landscape is quite different than years past. The current environment can leave one asking the question ─ What can one do at a local or global level when in isolation?