Business Operations / Administrative Issues


American Academy of Family Practice (AAFP)
Checklist to Prepare Physicians Offices for COVID-19 (pdf download)

Health Insurance Providers Repond to COVID-19 (AHIP)

Payer Billing Guidance for Providers COVID-19 (links)

Temporary Virtual Care Guidelines in Response to COVID-19 - as of 3/23/2020

Payment: Coding and Expanding Benefits

New diagnosis code: The CDC announced that April 1 is the effective date for the new COVID-19 ICD-10 diagnosis code. Physicians can use U07.1 to report a patient who has tested positive for COVID-19.

Medicare coverage: CMS has updated policies regarding Medicare telehealth services to address the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes telehealth, virtual care and e-visits. 

Practice Tools: Telehealth Policies and Technology

More flexible policies: UnitedHealthcare has added flexibility to its telehealth policies to make it easier for patients to connect with their family physician. UHC will waive member cost-sharing for COVID-19-related visits.

HIPPA eases technology restrictions: Physicians can now use apps that allow for video chats, including Apple FaceTime, Facebook Messenger video chat, Google Hangouts video, and Skype, to provide telehealth without risk of penalty.

Selecting telehealth technology: View the telehealth platforms members are using in private practice and see the questions that can help you when exploring a telehealth platform. 

 

Closing Your Office and Need to Temporarily Forward Your Mail?

Choose a temporary business address change with the USPS

If your move is temporary, the USPS can forward your mail from your old address to a new one for 15 days to one year. To get started, fill out an official USPS change of address form.