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June 10, 2020

New joint-society telehealth coding resources

AGA, AASLD, ACG and ASGE release coding resources to help members navigate new Medicare coding rules related to telehealth services.
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These joint-society resources provide 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. 

Questions: Visit the AGA Community to post questions you have about coding and reimbursement for telehealth and virtual services.

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