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COVID Infection & Exposure Flow Chart

Almost daily I receive calls and emails about a patient who we find out has tested positive after being treated in the office and exposed, and/or potentially exposed employees. Doctors and managers are asking how they should handle these situations (how many days the employee should be out of work, if they are responsible for…

Keep up your efforts to limit patient contact

In case you are having trouble maintaining patient social distancing in your office (in common areas such as the waiting room) please feel free to use the below linked document and edit to fit your needs. If you are billing 99072 you should document your exact COVID protocols (clearly demonstrating the time, efforts and expenses…

Continuing Efforts to Keep Patients, Doctors and Staff Members Safe

To follow up on the recent communications regarding the use of 99072, I wanted to share some more helpful information and another example of documentation that needs to be included in your chart notes. Create your own “care plan” when billing 99072, by recording all the efforts being made (above and beyond pre-COVID clinic protocols)…

99072 Requires Documentation

Following my recent emails regarding CPT code 99072 it has become apparent that many practices have become lax in their COVID-19 screening, visit and follow-up protocols. As more and more physicians are utilizing this code, and starting to see varying reimbursement from private payers, it is imperative to re-establish protocols and to document the actions…

In case you were wondering about 99072

I’ve seen it posted as a question on podiatry Facebook pages and have received emails from my practices asking about 99072 (Are others using it? What are they entering for a charge and is anyone getting paid?).When I need answers to questions like these, I turn to the experts. . . Here is the response…

Does your TEAM need a little “pick me up?”

Let’s face it. 2020 has been a year! Many practices have seen weeks or even months of low and nearly no volume followed by playing catch up with patients who are long overdue for care (all while implementing new waiting room protocols, sanitizing like never before and enforcing strict PPE requirements). Some had no choice…

Phase 3 Provider Relief Funding

In case you missed the e-blast from earlier this week discussing Phase 3 Provider Relief Funding under the leadership of President Trump and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), here is some general information to clarify eligibility and the application process (as they relate to you as podiatric physicians and surgeons): Eligibility…

No Extra Bodies in the Treatment Room!

I have been receiving emails from doctors with patients behaving like we aren’t still in a pandemic. Husband and wife “teams” who always go in the treatment room together, family members or friends of patients who do not need to be in the room but are anyway. . . In response to this issue (and if…

Thanks, but No Thanks for the Referrals

Reviewing practice metrics isn’t just about looking at per visit values, aging reports and comparing charges and collections. It is about using those numbers to uncover inconsistencies and issues as they arise (rather than when they are out of control). One of the reports that I suggest my practices look at monthly is titled “No…

These Unprecedented Times May Require Additional Paperwork

Nearly every day now I receive questions related to COVID-19 exposure situations; Potential exposure from a family member of a doctor’s full-time nanny. Patients calling the office to report positive test results just days after presenting. Physicians and staff members testing positive causing temporary office closures. The list goes on and on and it’s not…