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>April 6: Navigating HIPAA and Telemedicine during COVID-19

>April 7: Get Paid for Telehealth; New Rules for Documentation and Technology

>April 9: Billing and Coding Under New Telehealth Rules


Watch the On Demand Webinar: CDC Updates the Osteopathic Community on COVID-19

 

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Financial Relief for Private Practices

The US Small Business Administration has released guidance and loan resources for small businesses, including private practices. 

DO Advocacy Around COVID-19

Physicians and healthcare workers on the front lines are in desperate need of personal protective equipment. We’re encouraging physicians to tell congressional leaders to act now, and share how COVID-19 is impacting their ability to care for their patients.

Tell your leaders to ACT NOW

 


 New Expanded Telehealth Services During COVID-19 

As more of the U.S. population is asked to shelter in place, telehealth has become more important than ever. Links below for telehealth guidance and more information about expanded coverage of telehealth by CMS and private payers.

Additionally, the HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) is allowing access to a variety of telehealth platforms, and relaxing HIPAA enforcement of communication tools for virtual visits. Physicians may use popular applications that allow for video chats, including Apple FaceTime, Facebook Messenger video chat, Google Hangouts video, or Skype. Physicians should not use Facebook Live, Twitch, TikTok or other public facing communication services.

States can cover telehealth using various methods of communication such as telephonic, video technology commonly available on smart phones and other devices. No federal approval is needed for state Medicaid programs to reimburse providers for telehealth services in the same manner or at the same rate that states pay for face-to-face services. For more information on this announcement, read the HHS Fact Sheet.


 

New Billing Codes for COVID-19 Testing

New Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) codes for coronavirus testing and Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) Codes have been established for COVID-19 testing. To determine whether to use the CPT or HCPCS code, contact the third-party payer directly. 

CMS established the following HCPCS codes: U0001 is used specifically for CDC testing laboratories, whereas HCPCS code U0002 is intended for non-CDC laboratory tests. To keep up to date with CMS guidance and announcements, visit the Current Emergencies website.


 A Note From the NYSOMS President

The Board's decision to cancel ROC-NY 2020 was guided by information coming from the Center for Disease Control (CDC). During this Coronavirus 

wherever possible, we must engage in the measure of 'social distancing' to slow the spread of infection.(COVID-19) pandemic, in an abundance of caution, we are acting proactively to protect against person to person transmission. Whenever and 


It is natural to feel exasperated by the imposition that this health emergency is having on our personal and professional lives. I respectfully encourage my colleagues to exercise their will to circumvent feelings that might undermine their civic responsibility. As Physicians, we are responsible to provide Public Health leadership. A calm and responsible response by Physicians is urgent.

The national response to COVID-19, as told by our politicians on both sides of the aisle, will be lead by health professionals. The public will expect physicians to provide real information and appropriate response instructions on COVD-19.  Physicians will be the leaders that the public will rely upon.  Knowledge on the nature of  the COVID-19  is evolving. We must keep ourselves current as updates are forthcoming. We know the hygienic fundamentals of virus transmission, such as hand washing, disinfecting, use of barriers, and social distancing. Fundamentals must be reiterated and role modeled by physicians.

We remain optimistic that, very soon, a vaccine will be created to halt the effect of COVID-19.
We remain optimistic that, now, a calm and organized response to the virus will provide the best safeguard.

Sherman Dunn, DO, FACOOG
President, NYSOMS