Medical Billing Blogs
When we last discussed the status of surprise billing legislation in a blog dated January of 2020, the laws had not yet been voted through and signed into law. However, on December 27, 2020, one of the stimulus bills that Congress passed and the president signed into law included a ban on surprise medical billing.
In the complex and demanding healthcare industry of today, the last thing clinics should have to worry about is a loss of revenue due to inconsistent billing. When their staff isn’t equipped or up to the task of keeping informed on medical billing needs, then they should turn to the ease of outsourcing.
While medical billing requires extensive knowledge of the constantly adapting medical codes, it also requires accurate information from the staff who collect those initial details from and interact more regularly with the patient.
If there’s one thing that will most likely continue after COVID-19 becomes more controlled through a widely distributed vaccine, it’s providers taking advantage of virtual visits—especially for rural areas or for routine check-ins. To save staff time an for patient convenience, these tele-health appointments will allow clinics to better serve their patients from anywhere.
As with the majority of healthcare updates in the industry this year, the AMA released a new CPT code that aims to relieve some of effects of COVID-19 on providers. As a result of the pandemic, PPE and staff have been in high demand across all types of medical care, so this code was created to offset the long-term needs for extra precautions such as the increased cleaning and equipment. Effective September 8, 2020, the 99072 code can be applied to non-facility settings for expenses related to supplies, equipment, and staff time performed during the COVID-19 pandemic, officially categorized as a public health emergency as defined by law.