Sign Up to Receive Extra! Extra! Articles by E-Mail

Good news on a Monday morning from CMS

For those of you who have been attending my “Coping with COVID-19” Monday night webinars you understood that when billing for phone call (audio only) Telehealth Services, you were to use 99441, 99442, or 99443 (POS 02 and no modifier) depending on the amount of time/decision making involved in the call. We discussed that for…

PM News Series: Coping with COVID-19, Part 1-9

Part 1 Business/practice owners are accustomed to facing challenges, but the COVID-19 Pandemic takes the cake. Some say this is a dry run for the end of days or maybe, the universe is trying to tell us something by bringing life as we know it to a screeching halt. As a result, countless numbers of…

COVID-19 Open Forum Webinar 4/27/20

On April 27, 2020, Cindy Pezza hosted an open forum webinar for her email subscribers to discuss solutions and idea-sharing for the current crisis we are facing as an industry. << You can view the PowerPoint presentation here >> A recording of this webinar and all previous webinars is available to our PEP members in…

A Solution for CME Shortages

The Ohio Foot and Ankle Medical Association (OHFAMA) is offering its annual seminar with scientific, practice management and assistant tracks online. Pinnacle Practice Achievement has arranged to make registration available to email subscribers at a further discounted rate but you must follow the instructions to receive the discount. Please click the link below to download…

Skeptical about PPP Round 2?

Awaiting with skeptical, masked, and bated breath. Since April 3rd, many of you have relayed frustration with the application process and inability to receive funding from the initial PPP loan roll out. Others who were lucky enough to receive approval (with an actual SBA loan #) celebrated quietly and are now finding themselves searching for…

Telehealth: 3 FAQ’s

Q: How do I choose the level of E/M service provided via Telehealth if I am not providing an actual Physical Exam?A: Think about all of the information you can obtain from through observation and communication rather than physical exam (example: ask the patient to walk, dorsi-flex, apply pressure to check for capillary fill time,…

COVID-19 Open Forum Webinar 4/20/20

On April 20, 2020, Cindy Pezza hosted a free open forum webinar for her email subscribers to discuss solutions and idea-sharing for the current crisis we are facing as an industry. << You can view the PowerPoint Presentation here >> A recording of this webinar and all previous webinars is available to our PEP members…

Telehealth Service Liability

Concerns about the logistics of providing Telehealth services These questions have been coming up over the past few weeks and I wanted to share the answers/responses from PICA with you. FAQs can also be accessed by visiting www.picagroup.com/covid-19 Question/Scenario: What is the liability for complications that arise during the pandemic? Example: Patient who was deemed…

No More Applications, Please

The following information was obtained from a conversation with my SBA lender contact at 7:00 p.m. on April 15, 2020. Please do not respond to this email as I have no further details to relay as of this moment.  Many of you have applied for the PPP loan which became available to small businesses on…

Update to the Terms of the $10K Advance as of 4/13/2020 8:45pm

Here is the email that you may or may not have received regarding the previously promoted $10K emergency advance and a side by side breakdown of the PPP and EIDL loans. On March 29, 2020, following the passage of the CARES Act, the SBA provided small business owners and non-profits impacted by COVID-19 with the…