AHIMA June 22, 2021
Ghazal Irfan, RHIA, and Monica Watson

The COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE) generated a need for expanded telehealth regulatory requirements resulting in exponential growth in telehealth services. While initially used for convenience, telehealth quickly became a necessity for safety and continuity of care. In the days since the PHE began, telehealth is being recognized as a means for improved care coordination, health outcomes, and overall health care access for at-risk populations. This article will outline the key elements and requirements for compliant coding, billing, and oversight for telehealth services from the initiation of the PHE to the present day.

 What Is Telehealth?

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) defines telehealth as “the use of electronic information and telecommunications technologies to extend care when you...

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Topics: Digital Health, Health IT, HIM (Health Inf Mgmt), Provider, RCM (Revenue Cycle Mgmt), Technology, Telehealth
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