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 Billing & Coding for COVID-19: Reporting Coronavirus Related Services Including Telemedicine

June 4, 2020 | 12:00 - 1:00 pm MDT


This program is intended to provide an overview of the current pandemic (SARS-CoV-2) also known as the COVID-19 coronavirus. We will provide some basic information about the virus itself in addition to how it is impacting private individual and group medical practices, Rural Health Clinics (RHC), Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC), and Critical Access Hospitals (CAH) from correct coding and professional billing perspectives. We will cover the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) and its impact on properly reporting telehealth services during the COVID-19 pandemic. Each of the items below will be addressed throughout the session:

  • A discussion of what the COVID-19 pandemic is and how it is impacting our health system
  • Impact of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act)
  • Applicable CPT, HCPCS II and ICD-10-CM codes will be discussed
  • Telemedicine services will be covered
    • Telehealth Visits
    • Virtual check-in services (VCS)
    • E-visits
  • "Originating" versus "distant" sites
  • Q&A

    Presenter: John Burns has worked in the healthcare business arena for more than 20 years. John focuses on correct coding, optimization of the revenue cycle, and managing compliance risk for the healthcare business.  His current focus with the Association for Rural & Community Health Professional Coding centers on providing audit risk assessments and coding reviews for rural and community health centers across the United States.

    He has served as a corporate compliance officer and a civilian volunteer to the US Department of Defense providing auditing services and specialized training and education to providers, coders, billers, administrators, and IT professionals across the country.  He began his career with the Medical Management Institute in 1995 and then formed Modern Conventions in Compliance, Inc. where he served as President and CEO from 2004 to 2013. John then joined DoctorsManagement, LLC based in Knoxville, TN where he served as Senior Consultant until May 2016


For any questions, please contact: 

Jennifer Wagner
Rural Hospital Improvement Coordinator
Montana Hospital Association

Natalie Claiborne
Assistant Director of the Montana Office of Rural Health


This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $806,474 with 0% financed with non-governmental sources.  The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by MT DPHHS, Montana Health Research & Education Foundation (MHREF), HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government.