1. Additional Policy and Regulatory Revisions in Response to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency. https://www.federalregister.gov/public-inspection/2020-24332/additional-policy-and-regulatory-revisions-in-response-to-the-covid-19-public-health-emergency
2. New COVID-19 Policies for Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) Hospitals, Long-Term Care Hospitals (LTCHs), and Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities (IRFs) due to Provisions of the CARES Act.https://www.cms.gov/files/document/se20015.pdf
3. CMS released an article summarizing certain provisions of the CARES Act. Specifically, additional details are outlined regarding the 20% add-on payment and how Medicare plans to implement this temporary adjustment. https://www.cms.gov/files/document/se20015.pdf
4. AMA announces two new CPT codes for COVID-19 antibody tests. These codes were approved April 10, 2020 and will be used for reporting and tracking of blood tests performed to detect antibodies associated with the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
5. The CDC has released coding guidance for service dates April 1, 2020 through September 30, 2020
U07.1 – COVID-19
*Code only a confirmed diagnosis of the 2019 novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19)
6. CMS has issued blanket waivers that will ease certain requirements for affected providers as stated under Section 1135 of the Social Security Act. These waivers prevent gaps in access to care for beneficiaries impacted by the emergency. There are no special requirements, and you do not need to apply for an individual waiver if a blanket waiver is issued. For a complete list of blanket waivers review the COVID-10 Emergency Declaration issued by CMS.
7. In response to the national emergency that was declared concerning the COVID-19 outbreak, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) is implementing a new diagnosis code, U07.1, COVID-19, into the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-10-CM), effective April 1, 2020.
The ICD-10 MS-DRG Grouper software package to accommodate this new code, Version 37.1 R1, is effective for discharges on or after April 1, 2020.
8. The AMA released a new CPT code – 87635. The code is effective immediately for use as the industry standard for reporting of tests for the novel coronavirus across the nation’s health care system.
9. FAQs on Catastrophic Plan Coverage and the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
10. The AMA published an excellent article outlining some specific coding scenarios
11. CMS published a list of additional services that will be covered as telehealth effective March 1, 2020 and for the duration of the Public Health Crisis caused by COVID-19. The AMA published an extensive table to include all the codes covered by CMS. This is a great resource tool.