COVID-19 Public Health Emergency Extension

COVID-19 Public Health Emergency Extension

As of January 16, 2022, the US declaration of a Public Health Emergency has been extended until April 16, 2022. This means that all accommodations put in place–such as telehealth and waivers–will remain for another 90 days. Source:  US extends...
Blue Cross Blue Shield Place of Service Codes

Blue Cross Blue Shield Place of Service Codes

There have been mixed reports about place of service codes from insurance companies. Our Insurance Chair, Milton Marasch, has received word from Blue Cross Blue Shield Vermont in regards to how new CMS policies will affect their place of service does. A representative...
Audio-Only Telehealth Services

Audio-Only Telehealth Services

We encourage members to review insurance coding announcements from your various insurances on any coding changes for audio-only telehealth services.  For instance, MVP has just announced Modifier V3 and Place of Service (POS) code 99 (“other”) for plain...
CMS Place of Service Codes 

CMS Place of Service Codes 

Our Insurance Chair, Milton Marasch, has drawn our attention to some changes to CMS place of service codes. According to at least one source, CMS looks like they will be requiring one in-person visit within 6 months of the initial tele-mental health service, and then...
Problems with Coding Updates for DSM-V

Problems with Coding Updates for DSM-V

From Dr. Milt Marasch, VPA Insurance Chair: Here’s an FYI for folks.  I just ran across a 2016 web article from the APA on problems with coding updates for the DSM-5. Apparently some of the DSM codes did not crosswalk well to the ICD-10 codes as printed in...
1099 for Provider Relief Payment

1099 for Provider Relief Payment

You may have received a 1099 for the Provider Relief Payment you received in 2020, and you may be asking whether that payment is taxable.  Normally when you receive a Form 1099 for income, that income is taxable, but because VPA is not able to provide legal or...