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As the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) continues to evaluate the inclusion of telehealth services that were temporarily added to the Medicare telehealth services list during the COVID-19 public health emergency, they have finalized that certain services added to the Medicare telehealth services list will remain on the list through December 31, 2023. Additionally, CMS is adopting coding and payment for a longer virtual check-in service on a permanent basis. Participants will describe three benefits of providing therapeutic services via technology-assisted media. Participants will also be able to explain two issues regulated by applicable ethical codes and two issues regulated by the state/federal government regarding the use of tele-mental health. This presentation will focus on the different types of telehealth services and documentation to support billing those services. Providers and patients have embraced using telehealth services for ongoing care. We will also look to the future of telehealth services after the pandemic ends.
With over 30 years of healthcare administration and information management experience, Christine is the current chairwoman for the AAPC Billing Advisory Committee, a skilled educator, and a national public speaker. She is a subject matter expert in compliance, ethics and regulatory affairs, revenue cycle management, CPT®/HCPCS, and ICD-10-CM coding, risk adjustment, telehealth, credentialing, and practice management, just to name a few. Christine is certified in Healthcare Compliance (CHC®), a Certified Professional Coder (CPC®), a Certified Professional Biller (CPB®), a Certified Professional Medical Auditor (CPMA®) a Certified Risk Coder (CRC®), and a Certified AAPC® Instructor. She has had the pleasure of working with many of the gold star standard organizations in healthcare like AAPC, AHIMA, PAHCOM, MGMA, national medical associations, and societies. Christine serves as the Education Officer of the Palm Beach AAPC chapter.