COVID-19 Resources & Information

March 28, 2020

Latest Updates:

  • Special coding advice during COVID-19 public health emergency (3.26.2020)
    Information provided by the American Medical Association does not dictate payer reimbursement policy and does not substitute for the professional judgment of the practitioner performing a procedure, who remains responsible for correct coding.
  • Clinical Documentation Updates Related to COVID-19 (3.24.2020)
    Join Intellis Vice President of Clinical & Quality Services, Allison Van Doren, as she reviews comorbidities to be aware of while reviewing patient records with a diagnosis of COVID-19.
  • COVID-19 Coding Tipsheet (3.23.2020): PDF
    UPDATED: For a quick reference, download our new Intellis IQ COVID-19 Tip Sheet. The Coding guidance offered has been developed by CDC and approved by the four organizations that make up the Cooperating Parties: the National Center for Health Statistics, the American Health Information Management Association, the American Hospital Association, and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
  • COVID-19 Coding (3.23.2020): Video Presentation
    UPDATED: For all health information professionals, Intellis has prepared this presentation to provide official diagnosis coding guidance related to the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
  • United Healthcare, the largest commercial insurance company, has updated its guidelines and protocols for telemedicine as well as Aetna, Cigna, and many of the Blue Shield plans. We expect other companies in the private sector to follow suit.
  • American College of Physicians (ACP) recommendations to CMS regarding coverage of payment for telehealth during the COVID-19 National Emergency (3.18.2020)
    The American College of Physicians (ACP) sent a letter to CMS strongly urging them to provide reimbursement for telephone E/M services including both established and new patients and for co-pays to be waived. The ACP is the largest medical-specialty organization and second-largest physician group in the United States, after the American Medical Association (AMA)

Telemedicine:

Telemedicine refers to the practice of caring for patients remotely when the provider and patient are not physically present with each other.

  • AHIMA Special Update: Telehealth and Relaxed HIPAA Enforcement During COVID-19 (3.24.2020)
    This article from AHIMA discusses telehealth and relaxed HIPAA enforcement in response to COVID-19 including consents, reminders, and communications.
  • CMS: Medicare Telemedicine Health Care Provider Fact Sheet (3.17.2020)
    CORRECTED BY CMS: there was an error in one of the CPT codes listed on the original table in the CMS fact sheet. In the HCPCS/CPT code column, the first code for e-visits should be 99421 (not 99431). As of March 19, 2020, the error has been corrected and now shows the correct code of 99421. If you or downloaded or printed the original version, please check to be sure that you have the most recent information. There are three main types of virtual services physicians, and other professionals can provide to Medicare beneficiaries summarized in this fact sheet:  Medicare telehealth visits, virtual check-ins, and e-visits.
  • CMS: Medicare Telehealth FAQs (3.17.2020)
    CMS overview of frequently asked questions regarding COVID-19
  • AMA Quick Guide to Telemedicine in Practice
    For care worker and patient safety amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the American Medical Association (AMA) offers a quick guide to support healthcare providers in expediting the implementation of telemedicine

Coding and Billing

COVID-19 Coding Tipsheet update is now available. It includes the new ICD-10 code for COVID-19 effective 4.1.2020

  • COVID-19 Coding Tipsheet (3.23.2020): PDF
    UPDATED: For a quick reference, download our new Intellis IQ COVID-19 Tip Sheet. The Coding guidance offered has been developed by CDC and approved by the four organizations that make up the Cooperating Parties: the National Center for Health Statistics, the American Health Information Management Association, the American Hospital Association, and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
  • COVID-19 Coding (3.23.2020): Video Presentation
    UPDATED: For all health information professionals, Intellis has prepared this presentation to provide official diagnosis coding guidance related to the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
  • ICD-10-CM Official Coding Guidelines – Supplement Coding encounters related to COVID-19 Coronavirus Outbreak Effective: February 20, 2020
    The purpose of these guidelines is to provide official diagnosis coding guidance for health care encounters and deaths related to the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) previously named 2019-nCoV.

Trusted Health News Sources

As the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to warrant attention. We’ll continue to update this page with news to help everyone navigate the COVID-19 pandemic.

American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA)

American Medical Association (AMA)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

  • CDC: Cases in the US
    This page will be updated regularly at noon Mondays through Fridays. Numbers close out at 4 p.m. the day before reporting.
  • New ICD-10-CM code for the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), April 1, 2020 (3.18.2020):
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that due to the “urgent need to capture the reporting of [COVID-19] in our nation’s claims and surveillance data,” the agency has changed the effective date of new diagnosis code U07.1, COVID-19, from October 1 to April 1, 2020.

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)

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