Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) encourages providers to counsel patients to self-isolate at the time patients are tested for COVID-19.
COVID-19 counseling services should cover topics on the CMS COVID Counseling Checklist and are now covered by Medicare. Providers should use existing evaluation and management codes to bill these services. As a reminder, when providers spend more than 50% of the face-to-face time for outpatient services providing counseling, they should use time to select the level of visit reported. For additional information, view pages 7 through 9 of the CMS MLN Matters article on Medicare’s response to the PHE on COVID-19.
Here’s a breakdown of the E/M codes look like based on time:
|New Patient visit||Typical time (minutes)||Established Patient Visit||Typical Time (minutes)|