Congress has acted to suspend scheduled Medicare cuts in order to provide financial relief to hospitals and providers amid the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency.
Pathologists providing the professional component of clinical pathology (PC of CP) services now have additional clarity on how to request reimbursement under Cigna's new PC of CP policy after the insurer recently provided more details on the policy in a letter to the College of American Pathologists (CAP).
Earlier this month, CMS announced individual clinicians required to report Merit-based Incentive Payment System data in the 2021 performance year will be granted an automatic exemption due to the ongoing COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE).
The policy directed FDA not to enforce premarket review requirements for LDTs. HHS said this move will help to ensure Covid tests are more reliable.
One year after Congress delayed planned fee schedule cuts due to the Covid-19 pandemic, it appears pathologists and other specialists are now going to experience payment reductions designed to offset boosts for evaluation and management (E/M) services in 2022, according to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) Final Rule released Tuesday.
I heard the phrase “post pandemic” this week and thought to myself, “Are we ever going to be in a post-pandemic state, or has the world changed?” As I have said all along, things seen cannot be unseen. I think we are going to be living in a Covid world going forward.
I like to look at health care like my old computer. There is a software side and a hardware side. The software to me, is the vaccines, drugs and treatments of a disease. The hardware is the tests and diagnostic tools.
The following updates and revisions for Covid-19-related codes became effective Oct. 1, 2021:
The Covid-19 Coverage Assistance Fund was created to cover the cost of administering the vaccine to patients whose insurance doesn't cover vaccination.
Health care providers who received distributions from the Health and Human Services Provider Relief Fund between April 1 and June 30, 2020, must submit their first report on use of those funds by Sept. 30, 2021.
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