Q2: There seems to have been some confusion about whether Medicare will cover AWV codes G0438 and G0439 via Telehealth during the Public Health Emergency (PHE).
A2: We certainly understand any confusion given the oft-changing guidance from CMS on what is and what isn’t considered Telehealth, how various services are reported and also how they are paid.
The AWV codes remain on the list of covered Telehealth services for the audio/video visits. But as of the Thursday, May 14, 2020, CMS Office Hours call CMS also indicated that these services are also covered via audio-only connections.
Bill Dacey, MHA, MBA, CPC-I is principal in The Dacey Group, Inc., a consulting firm dedicated to coding, documentation and compliance concerns for physicians. Bill is an evaluation and management (E/M) coding expert and has been active in physician training for more than 25 years. He can be reached at [email protected]