2019 ICD-10-CM code changes have been released.

This Weekly’s Hot Topic’s

  • FY 2019 ICD-10-CM code changes have been released. (National News)
  • Send COA any & all PBM delayed & compromised patient care stories. (Affiliate News)
  • BIO opposes any measure shifting greater drug costs to patients. (Industry News)

The National Center for Health Statistics has released the FY 2019 ICD-10-CM code changes. The FY 2019 ICD-10-CM codes are to be used from Oct. 1, 2018 through Sept. 30, 2019. For more information click here and go to National News.

Physicians who bill Medicare for telehealth services are reminded that they must use the place of service code 02 to indicate services were furnished via telemedicine. Previously, the modifier -GT was used on telehealth claims, but use of this modifier was eliminated except in limited circumstances for certain Critical Access Hospitals billing under Method II. If the -GT modifier is used in any other circumstances, the claim line will be rejected. For more information click here and go to CMS News.

COA and their Pharmacist group, COPA, are needing your help to send to them ANY & ALL PBM delay stories, as well as any other stories where patient care is compromised.  Several fronts, including legislative (federal and state levels) and legal are being tapped into!  The message MUST go out far and wide. Below are some quick links to a couple of projects that COPA board members have been working on. For more information click here and go to Affiliate Association News.

Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) and its members believe that insurance coverage policies should provide all patients access to appropriate treatments in a timely manner. Even seemingly small changes to cost-sharing requirements can have detrimental impacts on patient adherence and can lead to higher health care costs when a disease is not managed appropriately. For more information click here and go to Industry News.


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