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June 15, 2022
by Simon Hughes

What is the difference between a CHC and FQHC?

Healthcare is constantly changing to remain beneficial and effective for patients, and for hospitals and facilities to provide excellent care. The cost of healthcare is also a factor for patients who are uninsured or underinsured, so coordination and continuity of care is a challenge. Community health centers (CHC), which are under the umbrella of federally […]

April 20, 2022
by Simon Hughes

Struggling with Staffing Shortages? We Can Help

Staffing shortages affect so many aspects of healthcare, from the delivery of patient care to the ability of an organization to retain quality talent. The pandemic is certainly a factor in recent staffing shortages, but shortages have been brewing for decades. Rural hospitals and facilities face staffing challenges now more than ever, but there are […]

June 2, 2021
by Simon Hughes

Best Practices When Outsourcing Medical Billing

Whether a rural hospital or a surgical center, any healthcare organization’s primary focus is quality patient care, but for your facility to achieve success, you must prioritize financial health too. A healthy revenue cycle can help your facility grow and better serve patients. Outsourcing medical billing can help you achieve the most accurate and efficient […]

April 13, 2021
by Simon Hughes

How Does the American Rescue Plan Impact Your Facility?

The newly enacted American Rescue Plan centers on the ongoing battle against the COVID-19 pandemic and rebuilding the economy amidst the public health crisis. This means that the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief plan will impact hospitals and other primary healthcare providers fighting the virus and have implications for health systems, including new coverage policies.  With […]

March 30, 2021
by Lisa Messina

COVID-19 Vaccine Codes

By Allison Bloom, Director of Coding Operations, and Lisa Messina, Corporate Compliance Officer, FQHC Division of Coronis Health Updated February 5th, 2022 to include new Pediatric COVID-19 Vaccine codes and information in advance of FDA EUA approval. The COVID pandemic has had tremendous emergent impact upon medical care, testing, and supplies. In response, the AMA’s […]

November 20, 2020
by Lisa Messina

COVID-19 Vaccine Codes

Updated December 22, 2020: The COVID pandemic has had tremendous emergent impact upon medical care, testing and supplies.  In response, the AMA’s CPT Editorial Panel has had to rapidly create and establish new CPT codes for COVID reporting, tracking and analysis to support data-driven planning and resource allocation. On December 12, 2020, the Pfizer COVID […]

June 25, 2020
by Lisa Messina

HCPCS CS Modifier Guidelines Related to COVID-19 Testing for Community Health Centers

Updated 8/27/2020 The Family First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), which went into effect March 18, 2020, waives cost-sharing (i.e., coinsurance and deductibles) by patients receiving COVID-19 testing-related services, as well as the testing itself. This Act applies to group and individual health plans including Medicare, Medicare Advantage, Medicaid, CHIP, and private payers. The Coronavirus Aid, […]

June 16, 2020
by Lisa Messina

Coding Guidelines for SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19)Testing in Health Centers

Updated 12/22/2020 On May 24, 2020 the Department of Health and Human Services presented a COVID-19 Strategic Testing Plan to Congress which describes, among other things;  detailed information on various testing methodologies; medical device and test availability; and, research and advice designed to inform the government as plans for re-opening the country are made and […]

May 1, 2020
by Simon Hughes

Community Health Center Telehealth Services covered by Medicare during the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency – Highlights from the latest Medicare Learning Network

Updated 10/6/2020 On April 17th, CMS released the much anticipated Medicare Learning Network Matter article (SE20016) as guidance for health centers regarding telehealth reimbursement during the COVID-19 and 1135 Waiver Public Health Emergency (hereafter “COVID PHE”). Health centers had been waiting for this directive since March 17th when expanded language around Medicare billing was provided […]

March 26, 2020
by Lisa Messina

PMG Announces New Client – Shalom Health Care Center in Indianapolis, Indiana.

PMG Inc., the nation’s leading full-service revenue cycle management company dedicated exclusively to FQHCs and CHCs, announces its newest Provider Enrollment client, Shalom Health Care Center in Indianapolis, Indiana. PMG’s comprehensive suite of services PMG is providing Shalom Health Center with services including confirmation of the enrollment status of all providers with all payers that […]