Jun 8, 2020
New joint-society telemedicine coding resources available
The American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD), the American College of Gastroenterology (ACG), the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) and the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) have developed new telemedicine resources to help our members navigate new Medicare coding rules related to telehealth services and guidance on conducting virtual physical exams during the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) public health emergency (PHE).
Telehealth and virtual services coding guide
The coding guide
will help ensure you’re using the right codes and modifiers to maximize reimbursement for the telemedicine and remote services you provide. This two-page guide includes an “at-a-glance” table for coding telehealth, telephone E/M, virtual check-ins, eConsultations and online digital E/M and detailed coding guidance and Medicare reimbursement information.
Telehealth virtual physical exam tips
While documenting the physical exam in the patient’s medical record for a telehealth visit is no longer required for Medicare, it may still be necessary to perform a virtual physical exam for clinical care and some commercial payors still require it. This guide
provides examples for conducting and documenting a GI-focused telehealth E/M physical exam.