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March 9, 2022
by Simon Hughes

Affected by the Labor Shortage? Coronis Can Help

Health care facilities are under constant pressure to reduce costs and improve productivity—to do more with less. The increased demands and staff shortages brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic have further exacerbated an already challenging situation.  In a tight health care labor market, your ability to maintain continuity of patient care with manageable staffing levels […]

January 25, 2022
by Simon Hughes

Breaking Down the No Surprises Act

Overview: Effective in 2022, the No Surprises Act protects people covered under group and individual health plans from receiving surprise medical bills when they receive most emergency services, non-emergency services from out-of-network providers at in-network facilities, and services from out-of-network air ambulance service providers. It also establishes an independent dispute resolution process for payment disputes […]

December 23, 2021
by Simon Hughes

2022 Updates You Need to Know

Medicare Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule Private Payor Data Reporting – Delayed until 2023 The Protecting Medicare and American Farmers from Sequester Cuts Act delayed the Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule private payor reporting requirement: Next data reporting period is January 1 – March 31, 2023 Reporting is based on the original data collection period, January 1 […]

December 21, 2021
by Simon Hughes

Surprise! It’s the No Surprises Act

Starting January 1, 2022, consumers will have new billing protections from receiving surprise medical bills for emergency services (including air ambulances) and non-emergency services provided at an in-network facility. Patients’ out-of-pocket costs will be limited to the costs they would have paid if they had received services from an in-network doctor, hospital, or other health […]

December 13, 2021
by Simon Hughes

Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule: Calendar Year 2022

Here’s What’s Changing in 2022 With numerous changes on the horizon for 2022, Coronis Health can help make sure you stay informed. Medicare Part B Premium & Deductible Rate Increase The standard premium for Medicare Part B will be $170.10 next year, up $21.60 (14.5% increase) from $148.50 this year. The annual Medicare Part B […]

May 12, 2021
by Simon Hughes

The Top 5 Pandemic-Related Challenges Facing Primary Care Practices

Even before the pandemic, many primary care providers were struggling with unsustainable practice costs and burnout. COVID-19’s disruption of the healthcare delivery system, however, poses additional challenges to primary care. According to a recent survey, facilities must adapt to shifting workflows, implementing new billing and coding practices, and building platforms for telehealth services—all while dealing […]

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 […]

April 1, 2021
by Simon Hughes

How to Stay Compliant and Increase Your Revenue with COVID Vaccine Medical Billing

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently increased Medicare’s reimbursement rates for hospitals, pharmacies, physicians, and others for administering COVID-19 vaccines. These changes by CMS are in support of the administration’s efforts to ensure that all Americans can be vaccinated against COVID-19 as soon as possible. The pandemic has certainly resulted in rapid […]

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 […]

September 21, 2020
by Simon Hughes

Proposed Evaluation and Management Coding Changes for 2021

It has taken 30 years, but the AMA and CMS have performed a complete overhaul of the Evaluation and Management (E/M) documentation and coding guidelines and they are set to be implemented January 1, 2021.  The hope is that the burden associated with meeting the 1995 or 1997 guidelines will finally be lifted and patient […]